Endless Loop: The Sound of Silence

simongarfunkelHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel

Admission #1: There is something about Paul Simon that just annoys the crap out of me.

Admission #2: Although it seems to be universally revered, I hate Simon’s solo album Graceland with every single fiber of my being.

Admission #3: Despite the two declarations above, I’ve got nothing but love for Simon and Garfunkel.

Of course I probably heard it somewhere in passing long before then, what with its cultural significance and all of that noise, but the first time I remember hearing Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” was at a girl’s house working on a school group project in the 7th grade.  I don’t remember what the project was.  I don’t remember what the class was.  I barely remember who the girl was.  And I don’t remember to what end we were using the folk rock classic for.  What I remember is the song.  And how absolutely mesmerized I was by it even at 12 years old.

I couldn’t tell you what the song means, if it’s some universal statement about humanity’s inability to understand and love each other, or something more personal and lonesome, and I don’t really want to either.  Sometimes a song, or any piece of art honestly, can hit you, and make you feel something that you can’t really put into words.  “The Sound of Silence” does that to me.  Every time.  It whispers to my soul, but I don’t know what it says.  Maybe I’ll figure it all out on my deathbed.

Admission #4: I probably won’t figure anything out on my deathbed.


Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

One Response to Endless Loop: The Sound of Silence
  1. Shawn Reply

    Possibly my favorite entry in the Endless Loop pantheon. Not the song – although I do love that as well – but your writing here.
    And while I don’t think I hate Simon and Graceland, he matters nothing to me, so to some degree I take Your side on this.

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