Sunday, November 25, 2018

1966 - Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound was written in 1964 by Paul Simon when he returned to England after he and Art Garfunkel recorded their first album, "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M." According to Wikipedia, he had met Kathy Chitty in New York, and the song is about the conflict between his longing to return home and his desire to continue performing.

As I note in my introduction, this was the first song I performed before a live audience. I was in fourth or fifth grade at Paradise Elementary School, and we - Tim Schobert, Randy Bumpous (aka Randy Holliday), and I - played the song on the basement stage for our fellow students. I was so nervous, I sang the entire song with my back to the audience. Perhaps that's my best side!

Sadly, as I mention in the video, Paradise Elementary was destroyed by the Camp Fire in November 2018, along with most of the other structures and homes in the town. My heart aches for the people who lost their lives in the tragedy, and for those who have been displaced. You can help by donating to one or more of the sites set up to help. As a Rotarian, I recommend donating to the Paradise Rotary Foundation's page. Click on this link - #PARADISESTRONG - to make your contribution.

Enough talk - here's the song!


  1. Great rendition of Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel! Great tribute to your hometown of Paradise devastated by fire!