December 23, 2021

The Sound of Silence

Created by Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon, The Sound of Silence, released in 1965, is a song about Art Garfunkel and his close friend Sanford Greenberg.

They met at Columbia University and became roommates. Months later, Greenberg lost his sight due to glaucoma. His family did not have the money to help him out and he dropped out of college.

Garfunkel talked him into going back to Columbia, and changed his life to accommodate his blind friend, helping him walk to class, tending to wounds, etc. Garfunkel called himself “Darkness” when he was around Greenberg, a sign of empathy toward his friend.

A few years after their graduation, Greenberg received a call from Garfunkel who wanted US$400 to record an album with Paul Simon. Greenberg only had US$404 but gave all the money to Garfunkel. One song from the album stood out: The Sound of Silence, with the opening line: “Hello ‘darkness’, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.”

The lines above are taken from Internet. Not all songs have such an incredible story behind them, that are told to millions. There are for sure many, which also have their background stories, lying in the heads of their creators… in silence.

The song of this blog is one of those. Its story? Chances are, it will vanish with me, in silence. 

Music of the post: Tune of a Memory – Mehmet U. Soyer (Sketches)

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