Saturday, April 22, 2017

Silence Sings Eternal

My generation, ones who were in their teens and 20s back in the hippy age, Laugh-in, and Star Trek, remember Simon and Garfunkel as voices of our conscience. Such talented young men, writing brilliant meaningful lyrics, Simon and Garfunkel reach into my memories.


written in 1963 and 1964

My granddaughter Lily recently queried me if I knew "Silence" by a group, Disturbed.  And, "Grandma, have you ever heard of a song, 'Sound of Silence'?"

What?? Sound of Silence? You betcha--Simon and Gar...

"No, Grandma!  By Disturbed?"

I grew silent, as she did magic on my computer and pulled up this video.




 Paul Simon endorsed this album. "Really powerful performance on Conan the other day.  First time I had seen you do it live. Nice. Thanks."
Do not find yourselves distracted by his face jewelry.


Few songs have stirred up goosebumps recently.  This performance nailed me to my chair and my eyes to the screen.  As Lily moved to close the site, I pushed the play arrow once more. 

Simon and Garfunkel's version was one of my youth.  David Draiman, vocalist of Disturbed, sang this version of my adulthood.  

All that had been seen through decades was reflected by his voice, singing this song.







28 comments:

  1. A powerful rendition....I too was glued to it. For beauty, I prefer the original; for the message I rather prefer the new version.

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    1. Both are excellent for their different qualities.

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  2. Updates sometime aren't so bad as the lyrics still ring true

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    1. Absolutely. I usually hate when movies are re-made, when first movie was so perfect. These two versions can stand side by side.

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  3. I prefer the original. And ache that it is still true.

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    1. Ache is such a perfect word. Simon and Garfunkel sang this when Vietnam was a raw nerve. Now terrorists have created open wounds.

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  4. Have only recently heard David Draiman's rendition of this dramatic song. Very impressed with his infusion of aggression into a lyric that still retains the gentler feeling of the original. Excellent vocalist.

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    1. Geo., your elegant analysis is so perfect.

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  5. Isn't that a great version? I learned about it when my son and his mates went all the way to Melbourne, Victoria to see Disturbed in concert. I searched you tube and listened after J told me how great it was, last year some time. I like it better than the Simon and Garfunkel one.

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    1. It showcases such different time periods.

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  6. A perfect rendition for 2017. I am truly Disturbed and have an entirely different feeling listening to this song than I did the first. S&G's music touched my heart, Disturbed touched my gut.

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    1. Excellent analogy:
      S&G's music touched my heart, Disturbed touched my gut.

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  7. A powerful rendition, as perfect for today as the original was for the time back then.

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    1. Yes, it connects today to yesterday.

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  8. Dear Susan, thank you. So clear is it to me that life truly if a circle or more likely, a spiral. We go back and repeat, hoping each time to learn something new. And this rendition of that song from the late '60s is one that does teach us something for the time in which we now live. thank you again. Peace.

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  9. Interesting version. You did educate Lily as to the original, didn't you? Not too long ago, I informed someone that a song they knew was a cover version of something from my childhood, and they were floored. Sad when the original version is forgotten.

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    1. Lily knows more songs than I can possibly imagine. Her parents have played songs of every genre. Yes, she knew S & G and their original.

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  10. Wow. I wanted to not like it. I am familiar with Disturbed from my kids, and I'm not a major fan. But he nailed it. So angry. And he did a good job on the high notes. I still love the original, but I think this one is very powerful. Good for him for renewing that song for this new generation.

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    1. It opens songs of the past to lead to this song of the present.

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  11. Hmmm, I should really listen to it but I'm not sure I have the courage. Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and performed.

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    1. This performance and vocalist David Draimain totally surprised me. I hope you will listen to it. There is so much passion and power in his voice.

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  12. Yes, I first heard this version last year and it blew me away! Extraordinary, remarkable cover.

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  13. I've heard this song many times and its easy to appreciate quality when you hear it over and over again. It never gets boring.

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  14. I'd heard this version when someone used it for a Battle of the Bands showdown last year. It's well done, but I'll still take the sweeter sounding, but still powerful version as performed by S&G. This is one of my wife's favorite songs. She says they used to sing a version of this with different lyrics in Spanish in church when she was still living in Ecuador.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. In Ecuador? How wonderful to know that this song and its message spreads so far.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!