In December, just before Christmas, my wife and I met her parents in Atlanta for a Simon and Garfunkel concert. Afterwards, as we walked back to our hotel, my father-in-law and I talked about the highlights of the show. The Everly Brothers showed up for a song or two, which was a great surprise. And it’s tough to beat “Sounds of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson.” But “America” will always be my favorite Paul Simon song. There’s something so beautifully melancholy about the chorus.

On January 29th, my mother- and father-in-law passed away suddenly, and I miss them terribly.