The Sound of Silence
“Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence.”
(*”The Sound of Silence”, written by Paul Simon, recorded by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel in 1964)
Silence, quiet and stillness, seep slowly from our busy bright day into night,
as light leaves our environment and darkness covers everything we see.
Darkness, our old friend. Not to fear, but to delight in the enveloping cocoon of silence and rest; a quiet time of day.
A time for renewal of spirit, refreshing the senses and resting the muscles from the day’s work. Silence.
A chance to think, speak, a time to listen to others.
The sound of silence…..
*”The Sound of Silence” was written in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
**for the entire “The Sound of Silence” lyrics, click here.
***for interesting facts about The Sound of Silence, click here.
Thank you to my friend, Bob, for inspiring me for this post.
Thanks to all my blog friends for hanging in here with me as I celebrate 200 posts! yay!
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what a great post…I never knew that this song was written for this reason, so glad you shared that
I didn’t either, Jo! I learned a lot on the site, too. Thank you!
What a lovely shot of full moon, Judy! And the poem goes so well with it! 🙂
Thanks, Elyas! I appreciate your sweet words again, my loyal friend!
I’d forgotten how beautiful the lyrics are to The Sound of Silence. The picture compliments the words.
Congratulations on reaching 200 posts!
Thank you, Elise! I enjoyed looking up the lyrics, also!
One of my favorite songs by this duo. I had started to write up my post wth this exact song and houghts in mind. My photo wasn’t quite fitting of the words so I kept searching for the right one. I scrapped the challenge. I’m glad I did. It’s nice to see someone else shine through with the same thoughts. Great post ….
Isadora…you know what they say about Great Minds! 😉 I’m sorry you didn’t do it! It would have been fun! Actually my friend, Bob, started singing the song when I told him what the theme was. Then I decided what my image was going to be. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have even thought of the song! That’s why I thanked him!
That duo was always playing when they came out. hey seemed so mellow and cool. I didn;t have the proper pix. You did a fine job. Glad you posted it. Great memories with this one. ~~~~ : – )
yes…great memories! Sounds like you saw them! Lucky you!
Oh yes, I do so love the silence. Probably because I get so little of it in our house. Instead, there is often too much sound – the TV will be on, but someone not watching TV, will have the computer on playing noisy games or listening to music, with no regard to those watching TV… So, I enjoy silence whenever I can. 🙂
I do too, zelmare! The same thing happens here! Thanks!
Wonderful, Judy. That song really brings back so many great memories.
It really does…I agree! I didn’t know all the lyrics, so it was fun to go to the site. Thanks!
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nice contribution to this week’s challenge! z
Thank you, z!
Congrats 200 posts!
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Lovely Silence photograph Judy plus your great writing too,thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you, Jake! I appreciate it!
Great job Judy. I love that song. Had no idea this was written in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination either!
That was new to me, Madhu, too! It makes the lyrics more pointed now. Thanks!
I love those lyrics and your picture goes with them perfectly. I had no idea the song was written for JFK but it’s always kind of brought tears to my eyes and now there’s even more reason for that. Really interesting – thanks for putting that up and congratulations on 200 posts (I don’t think I’ll ever make it that far)! 🙂
I didn’t know about JFK and the song either, Sheila. It really makes the lyrics stand out for me now. Thank you for your comments! Oh….you can make it to 200 or more! 😉 But to me it’s not the number of posts…it’s the quality. And you have that perfectly! I’ve cut down on my posts.
Thanks Judy! I’ve cut down a little too much since this summer has just been too crazy so far but will try to get back into the swing of it at some point. 🙂
As I’ve been gone a month….I certainly can understand! 🙂 It’s so hard to keep up with blog visits! Enjoy your summer on the Cape! That’s what life is all about! There’s plenty of time in the winter to catch up on things here! Take lots of pix so we can >sigh< over them in December!
Welcome back! Good idea too – weirdly enough, I haven’t taken many pictures yet this summer. I’ll have to get on that for winter survival.
Yes, indeed, we need those sunny, sandy Cape photos for winter survival….lol….you are correct!
Great post Judy. I love the “sound of silence” I was a fan of Simon and Garfunkel, back in the 60s. I even used to play/sing some of their songs at the music club at school. Congratulations on 200 posts.
That’s cool, Jim! It does bring back many memories. My husband has the original album. Kids nowadays say: what’s a record!! 😉 I imagine someday CDs will be obsolete too! School dances….fun memories too! Thanks!
Beautiful shot. And 200 posts! Great! Waiting for more of such lovely creations from you. Best wishes.
You are so dear! Thank you so much, Bindu!
Great entry Judy! Congrats on your 200 posts!
Thank you, marilou! I appreciate your comments!
You’re welcome 🙂
Great interpretation of the theme! And nice going on 200 posts. Soon it will be 500!
Thank you Meg! 500! wow! 😉
200 posts ! Wow, that’s a lot of posts ! I haven’t seen them all but I love what I’ve seen from the day I discovered your blog back in…last January I think. Congratulations Judy !
Ahhhhhh….The Sound Of Silence ! It’s a WONDERFUL song and I haven’t heard it in a looooong time, too much long time ! I went to YouTube to listen to it with the lyrics (maybe it was your link ?) and I was so happy to hear it again ! If I hadn’t read your post maybe I would have forgotten this song as I rarely listen to the 60’s music on the radio. Thank you Judy for this wonderful post ! And you chose the perfect photo for this weekly post.
Why thank you for all the compliments, Jocelyne! You make me happy! merci boucoup! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
A perfect full moon on a night that inspired us to seek a place, a moment of silence and serenity. Words so moving, “A time for renewal of spirit, refreshing the senses and resting the muscles from the day’s work. Silence. ” Thanks.
I’m glad you enjoyed the photo and text, IT, thank you! I’m sorry I was on vacation and not able to answer your kind comments back then!