Bus Cancellations: 04/27/2017

LISA GRILLS’ APPLE SEEDS: Sounds of Silence cover steeped in passion


LISA GRILLS’ APPLE SEEDS: Sounds of Silence cover steeped in passion

Growing up on an apple farm, is it surprising to hear that I have ingested a pile of apple seeds in my life -  literally and metaphorically.  

Apple seeds represent the beginning of things you should ingest, one way or another, every day – little nuggets of things that make you smile, think and ideally, laugh out loud.

I am a big fan of covers.  Although warm, cozy blankets definitely fall into that category, the cover I am referring to is musical. 

Wikipedia defines a cover in popular music a new performance or recording of a previously recorded, commercially released song by someone other than the original artist or composer. 

This reinterpretation might be an acoustic version, a different arrangement, or even just taking the lyrics and coming up with an entirely new melody.

I thoroughly enjoy listening to how either an individual or a band can take something that can be so familiar, and totally put their signature on it. 

If, in those first few moments when you hear the intro, you stop multi-tasking just to listen, you know that the song has transformed the traditional definition of “cover” and has become a “tribute” to the songwriter and the original recording. 

In many cases, the combination of notes, chords, and lyrics introduces the song to a completely new audience, transcending the piece into timeless art.

Thanks to Sandie Sidsworth’s post on Facebook, I was introduced to a band called Disturbed, a heavy metal band out of Chicago (the genre added an element of surprise to the intriguing sounds coming from my speakers).  

Their cover of "The Sound of Silence" was steeped in passion, and was performed with a sense of clarity and vision. It was the entire experience of sound and video that made such an impact.

It spoke of how tenuous our relationship is with the arts and music. The shadows and images in black and white added a mystique and seriousness to the video. Vocalist David Draiman was able to communicate without adornments or accessories -- just an incredibly pure, beautiful voice.

"The Sounds of Silence" was written by Paul Simon during 1963 and 1964. A studio audition led to the duo known as Simon & Garfunkel signing a record deal, and the song was recorded for inclusion on their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. Released in 1964, the album flopped and the duo broke up.

In spring 1965, the song began to attract airplay at radio stations in Boston and Florida. The growing airplay led Tom Wilson, the song's producer, to remix the track. Simon & Garfunkel were not informed of the song's remix until after its release in September 1965.

The song hit No. 1 January 1, 1966, leading the duo to reunite and hastily record their second album, Sounds of Silence . The song was added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" in 2013 along with the rest of the Sounds of Silence album.

Take a minute, shut the door, put on your headphones, and enjoy 4 minutes and 19 seconds of “The Sound of Silence”. 

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April 27, 2017

LATE BUS: Martin's bus 255 is running 35 minutes late to East Northumberland Secondary School in Brighton.