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Bridge over troubled water

I watched the excellent Imagine programme on Simon and Garfunkel last night. I suppose those of a certain age will have a copy of the album somewhere in their vinyl collection but I wouldn't have put it down as one of my desert island discs. In fact if somebody did have it as one of their special 8 requests I'd probably think they didn't know much about music and expect them to include an Abba track and 'Spring' from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. In my own top 100 I'm sure I would incude Paul Simon's 'Hearts and Bones'  but generally speaking S&G seem very mainstream to me. Then…. I watched 'Bridge over Troubled Water'. I heard the  track being composed, layered, arranged, put together – the harmony, the musicianship. It was brilliant. I began to understand the story behind the song and by the time it all came together, in front of thousands of people at a concert ,I loved this song. This is a true example of less is more; where simplicity conquers complex dub tracks. What has this to do with garden design? Well, Paul Simon and Chopin only had the same 13 notes to work with, and the basic premise has to be the same. Trends may come and go. You could listen to John Cage's 'Silence' and claim it a masterpiece and modern Chelsea gardens may inspire for a short show, but those 13 notes applies to our profession too. Stick to what you know, gain from experience and then do it well.

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