Mediocrity: noun 1 the quality or state of being mediocre. 2 a person of mediocre ability.
Tonight I’ll sing my songs again
I’ll play the game and pretend
But all my words come back to me in shades of mediocrity
Like emptiness in harmony I need someone to comfort me
(Simon & Garfunkel, ‘Homeward Bound’)
In the coffee houses of Soho in the ’60s few folked as folksily and successfully as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Sure, they dressed like The Wiggles in their roll-necked sweaters, but then so did everyone else. Simon & Garfunkel‘s blending of the intellectual spirit of folk music with the indelible teachings of the pop canon ensured the duo’s standing as one of the pre-eminent pop acts of the decade. Homeward Bound, a 1966 single release reputedly written by Simon whilst on tour in England, having been stranded overnight in a Widnes railway station, reached number 5 in the US charts and number 9 in the UK. The video below shows the duo performing the song at the Monterey Pop festival in California, in June 1967: