Song of the day; Sound of Silence

Don’t be disturbed.  This is not the innocent version by Simon & Garfunkel.

The original was released back in 1964, as the hippie movement was starting to gather pace.  People were seeking alternative Gods and deeper meaning of life.  The youth was stirring up anger and getting ready to revolt.

This was also well before I was even a thought in my parent’s minds.  They hadn’t even conceived my older sister at this point, and yet two great minds came together to write a timeless melody and lyrics, Sound of Silence.

Reading the lyrics might also reveal some hints of LSD or other drug-fueled adventures, dring the 60s.  At least it refers some dark friend – some friend that might refer to the dark side.  Was this the inspriration for the Star Wars’ dark side?

What does the sound of silence actually mean?  How did they come up with these lyrics and referring to worshiping fake gods?

The inability of people to communicate with each other, not particularly internationally but especially emotionally, so what you see around you are people unable to love each other.

Millions of people know the song, even if they weren’t born and even if they do not know Simon & Garfunkel.

What is more impressive is the fact that some heavy metal bands have made a cover version of this song, and some might say they improved it.

Let’s welcome “Disturbed”, a heavy metal band that wasn’t really known globally until they released this cover version.  Well, I’m sure they were known, but in a limited capacity.

This cover version propelled them onto the world stage.

It is a fantastic version of the old classic.  They did a great job and I had to admit I prefer this version over the original.

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