October 4, 2016

Boomer Anthems: The Sound of Silence

"The Sound of Silence" originally was released to mockery, obscurity, and failure.

The song was written by Paul Simon over a period of several months in 1963 and 1964. A studio audition led to the duo signing a record deal with Columbia Records, and the song was recorded in March 1964 at Columbia Studios in New York City for inclusion on their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.

Released in 1964 the album bombed and S & G broke up.... for the first time. Simon went to England and Garfunkel back to college. Following a burst of airplay at stations around colleges the next spring, the producer, Tom Wilson, remixed the song without S&G’s knowledge and released it as a single in September, 1965. By January the song was number one and Simon and Garfunkel quickly reformed ... for the first time... to capitalize on the song’s success.

Many people have believed that the song grew out of some prophetic insights into the events of the time, but it actually arose from deep inside your typical teenage boy’s angst.

Simon said: ”I wrote The Sound of Silence when I was 21 years old,” with Simon also explaining that the song was written in his bathroom, where he turned off the lights to better concentrate. "The main thing about playing the guitar, though, was that I was able to sit by myself and play and dream. And I was always happy doing that. I used to go off in the bathroom, because the bathroom had tiles, so it was a slight echo chamber. I'd turn on the faucet so that water would run (I like that sound, it's very soothing to me) and I'd play. In the dark. 'Hello darkness, my old friend / I've come to talk with you again’.”

The rest is silence.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at October 4, 2016 8:16 AM
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Although from a musical standpoint, S&G's version is more...pleasant, overall I prefer Disturbed's anger and defiance. Also, the video is brilliant.


Posted by: backshelf at October 4, 2016 8:38 AM

When I was consulting after retirement (20+ years ago), I got some of my best ideas while showering. Should have depreciated that shower and expensed the soap.

Posted by: BillH at October 4, 2016 9:06 AM

Speaking of bathroom inspired songs, here's one inspired by the infamous "schiessenkreuz" at the U of Missouri

Hello feces my old friends
I've come to daub in you again
Seems a medium that I was pinching
Made a Nazi cross without flinching
And a movement that was started in my bowels
Still befouls
Became a sign .. of racists

At 2 AM I shat alone
Art material from my throne
Neath the halo of a bathroom light
I made a symbol that truly did incite
When my nose was stabbed by the stench of a fecal cross
Lunch was lost
Is now the sign .. of racists

And in the morning's light I saw
Ten thousand fraudsters maybe more
Students crying without thinking
Warriors chanting without listening
People made demands that factually didn't square
No one dared
Disturb the theme .. of racists

Stools thought I, you do not know
PC like a cancer grows
Smeared my crap so I might teach you
Faked alarm that I might impeach you
But my words like avian droppings fell
Swallowed by the yells .. of racist

And the warriors howled and brayed
Bout the stinky cross I made
And the pres flashed out this warning
To the lynch mob that was forming
And the guy say the turds of the prophets
Are written on the bathroom stalls
Dorm room walls
And bellowed of the signs ....

Of racists

Posted by: callmelennie at October 4, 2016 10:49 AM

Thank you for your helping hand.

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