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. Paul Simon has such a gift for pulling language together. 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."
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 and then once more.
Simon and Garfunkel's version was one of my youth, where it wove gently through my opinions. David Draiman, vocalist of Disturbed, sang this version of my adulthood, where my emotions reflect the knowledge acquired.
All that had been seen through decades was reflected by his voice, singing this song.
This was a post from April 2017. Just heard it played in an ice skating competition. The people in the bleachers watched, gasped, then stood, and then clapped.