The Sound of Silence

Where we are: 2017 – cycle 2 – Week 2: Silence – day 5.

When Paul Simon Wrote ‘The Sound of Silence’ when he was just 21 years old, he must have been in a melancholy mood.

Simon liked to play his guitar in the bathroom (because of the echo) and in darkness.

He also liked to play like this with the tap running.

So we can understand now what he meant by the lyrics:

“Aloha darkness, my old friend.”

but wait a minute, there is noise here isn’t there?

The Tap running for one.

the guitar and it’s echo for another.

but to Simon they added to the silence – I think a bit like when some people gnaw on the end of a pencil or bite their lip if they’re concentrating on something.

Something ‘there’ but not interfering.

Garfunkel once summed up the song’s meaning as “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.

As we have seen this week, true communication begins with listening – keep practicing to grow stronger and more confident and you will bring yourself closer to those you love and who love you.

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