Sometimes I just stumble on something that I take for granted and suddenly realize that the kids have never seen, heard, smelled, tasted, encountered or ever thought about it.Like a famous line from an old movie. Just the other day, one of the girls had a friend over who had to work on some Latin translation. Her assignment was a speech by Spartacus. I stood up and said, “I’m Spartacus!” “No! I’m Spartacus!” The kids all stared at me like I was nuts; they had no idea what I was talking about. I tried to explain to them the famous scene, all those guys standing up for their hero. I should have just found the clip for them, but the friend had to conjugate some verbs and I didn’t want to distract her.I don’t mind distracting you, however, so if you’ve never seen the scene, I did manage to dig it up at this website. (It loops around after a gruff, bearded little cartoon guy pops up and growls something unintelligible for about a half-second.)Anyway, the other day, I said to the kids that I was feelin’ groovy. Then I started singing “The 59th Street Bridge Song.” “That’s nice,” they said. “What is it?””What is it?” And I realized with a gasp, Oh my heavens, they’ve never even heard of Simon & Garfunkel!And really, no one should go through life without hearing a few Simon & Garfunkel songs.So I found some YouTube clips of Simon & Garfunkel performing that very song. I decided to share those short videos with you today. I can’t help but smile, as they remind us to slow down and relax. Now I warn you, if you haven’t heard this one for a while, it’ll stick in your head, and if you don’t want to be humming “slow down, you move too fast/got to make the morning last,” well, don’t click. It’s been dancing around in my mind ever since it came up the other day. I’ve been “dootin’ doo-dooing” now and then while driving and blogging, which doesn’t bother the kids or me, but we’re pretty silly over here. It might get old for your household.I like this version, except the intense red lighting doesn’t really fit the mood or theme of the song. But, hey, it was 1967, and everyone was so laid back, so groovy, that I suppose nobody was thinking much about the lighting.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoWF2YalYvI&feature=related]Here they are about a decade-and-a-half after that, still lookin’ and soundin’ groovy, still using just a guitar for accompaniment in this simple rendition with minimal lighting changes.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdRTI7FYqUc&feature=related]And because I’m getting a little carried away with YouTube, here they are maybe a decade after that (maybe the ’90s?), still as groovy as ever. They got a much more involved production this time around, with fun lighting and a lot more musical accompaniment, including a guy blowing into a bizarre accordian-like instrument.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya1Xx-lD-fw]Every version exudes a kind of carefree happiness, but I think I like the simpler versions best.