Thursday, April 23, 2020

Do not remain silent.


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.

40 comments:

  1. I've always loved the music of Simon and Garfunkel. And, I also love the Disturbed version. The first time I heard it, similar what occurred to you...goose-pumps...and tears.

    Take good care, Susan. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. :)

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    1. We are well and I hope the same for you.

      It is difficult to shift our life activities to this current time. My husband is playing bridge on line. I am writing. There is a quilting project sitting next to my sewing machine, but I cannot get myself going.

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  2. wow, i loved S and G back in the day and remember the song. Disturbed version is amazing.. thanks for sharing

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    1. It is a song that I listen to many times over.

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  3. I remember when you first posted this, Susan. That rendition can’t help but touch you in some manner. It is amazing!

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  4. It's interesting how other singers can make a cover version their own. Did you play the original for your granddaughter? It's eye-opening when a kiddo learns that what they thought was original is a cover. Deepens the connection sometimes.

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    1. She had heard the original, appreciated it but it didn't have the power she preferred.

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  5. Love the song - but prefer the original version.

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    1. Both reflect the time periods. Both say the same words, yet project different times.

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  6. Okay, you've convinced me. I'll listen to it! I'd heard of it but didn't want to change what is one of my all time favorite songs of one of my all time favorite singing groups.

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    1. The Disturbed version has an emotion that I didn't expect. I am glad you will head on over there.

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  7. S and G's version was more wistful and hopeful while Disturbed's version was angry and disturbed. Both great but I liked the original best.

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  8. I was a child of the 1980s. However, for some of us, my crowd in particular, this 1960s held a special mystique. We loved the music, culture and political trends.

    Simon and Garfunkel were great.

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    1. I never thought that the 80s look back at the 60s like that. And even now, the 2020s look back at the 60s even more fondly

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  9. Wow, wow, wow. I have to agree with Arkansas Patti about the anger in Disturbed's version. However, both versions would fit my mood at different times and circumstances.

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  10. Heard this once before, and it moves me as much as the original.

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  11. Yes, that's an amazing reinterpretation of the original! I liked one of the comments under the YouTube video which said "If they don't play that at my funeral I won't come." LOL

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  12. I LOVE the version by Disturbed. I first heard of it when my youngest travelled all the way to Melbourne just to see their concert. It's replaced the Simon and Garfunkel one in all my playlists.

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  13. LOVE this song. Prefer S & G of course. It was 1972 and I had to write a paper about a song I liked, it's meaning to me and why it moved me. I wrote about this one.

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  14. I was told I was born a generation too late because I'm a child of the 80s, but love the 60s classic rock. This was so different from the S & G rendition. So much more energy and almost a feeling of anger when I heard Disturbed's take on it. I DID enjoy it after a few first bars.

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    1. Being a child of the 60s, I can have the gift of looking back to the 60s, after following the decades now.

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  15. I am almost speechless. Both versions are haunting. The difference in emotions from each is gut-wrenching. Thank you to you and to Lily.

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    1. Paul Simon said that he cried after writing this.

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  16. Wow. Definitely striking. And a reminder not to be silent. Thank you for this.

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  17. We sat and listened t Disturbed first. I asked Sherry if he had a good voice, She said YES. But then to Simon and Garfunkel, that is still me. Maybe because I can remember the real sound of S & G.
    Always a good visit, and always interesting perspective.
    Sherry & jack

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  18. Sometimes (not often) a re-make of an original song is better than the original.

    God bless.

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  19. A lot of my blogging friends have tumbled onto this song. I give it that it's a powerful rendition. As far as S&G covers go, I still like the Lemonheads doing Mrs Robinson better, though, lol...

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    1. Mrs. Robinson and Dustin Hoffman--good combo.

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  20. I heard Disturbed's version last year and I love it better that S and G's original.

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    1. I like the power of the song and its singer.

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