“The Sound of Silence”.

I couldn’t wait until Saturday for this one!

I am guessing that many of you, when in your mid/late teens/early 20’s … heard a song which totally absorbed you to the point that you blasted it to everybody within hearing distance. It probably didn’t cross your mind that different people have different tastes in music! For me, this is one of those recordings!

In 1965, Paul Simon released an album “The Paul Simon Songbook” which includedΒ  “The Sound of Silence”. It was a very plaintive and simple acoustic presentation, which suited the subject matter perfectly.

The following year, he and Art Garfunkel, released a more up-tempo version complete with band backing. That more commercial and quite different presentation; the heavier sound, together with Art Garfunkel’s harmonies is the version that most people remember.

Fast forward to this week! A few days ago, I was listening to some music on YouTube when I saw a link to a “Sound of Silence” cover. I am normally not too interested in cover versions., but this one was different. It had logged 668M views! So what got 668 million people interested? I now know and, what has really surprised me is that as much as I love both earlier versions, surely this one has the most powerful relationship with the lyrics.Β  Did it get you at all?

41 thoughts on ““The Sound of Silence”.

  1. Isn’t this great. My wife and I were in the car some four years ago when this came on. We just looked at each other and knew we had to hear it again, but we didn’t know who sang it. After some research, I found it and added it to my playlist. Now I hear it a couple of times a week. Great production. Liked it when Simon and Garfunkle did it, but Disturbed blows me away.

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  2. That’s a very dramatic cover of the song. Not very silent at all.

    I might have a different interpretation of the lyrics than most people. I see the song as a reflection of the difficulty humans have with communicating with each other. For all our articulate language and words available at our disposal, the intent and soul behind those words is often lost, so that we fail to understand. Thus, the “sound” of silence.

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  3. When this cover version was released about 4 years ago, I was totally amazed by it. I am not a fan of cover versions either but this one turned out to even be my favorite one. Still, the original has its own magic and atmosphere but all over the Disturbed version speaks stronger to me.

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  4. Ah one of my favourite songs ever & this version gives it a much heavier darker twist. Very powerful none the less, & that dude, wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley!!

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    • HI Rae! I think it was “angry” and that, together with his build up to “And the people bowed and prayed
      To the neon god they made” (with emphasis on “they”) was what appealed to me. To me, he was screaming out the hypocrisy which is so prevalent in our society. The original is still really good in my music world! πŸ™‚

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