The Sound of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again

Very few people will not know this song from its opening lines. Written by Paul Simon in 1963, numerous artists have recorded “The Sound of Silence” over the years.

This haunting version by Nouela achieves added poignancy with dramatic film clips. Like the song’s lyrics, many of the snippets will look familiar.

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening

I live many days in silence from the world. It’s a purposeful “shutting out” of noise, mainly speech. Since my mid-twenties, I estimate I’ve lived a year’s worth of days without saying a word, attained through silent meditation retreats and time on my own.

Silence is my way to decompress and reconnect to self, so it’s not surprising that it’s an ongoing theme in my stories.

I explore silence with the internal battles of my main character, Kate, and in her relationship with her father.

“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

The proverb “Silence is golden” is used in situations when saying nothing is thought to be preferable to speaking. I don’t disagree with this. I’m much more of a listener than a talker anyway, butΒ silence can also be toxic.

In the case of Kate, her resolve to keep quiet is one that causes her great angst. It’s been challenging and painful writing this chapter in her life.

And on that note , I’d like to wish you all a wonderful week, whether it’s quiet or boisterous. πŸ˜‰

If everything has gone according to plan, I am currently out of the country with no access to Internet.

It will be the first time in over fifteen years that I’m leaving my laptop at home. It’s the kind of silence I really need right now.

I will definitely respond to comments when I return next week.

Sending hugs,

~eden

21 thoughts on “The Sound of Silence

  1. As usual Eden, you brought on an emotional start to the week! Not sure it was one I wanted but emotions are THE key to us writers whether high or low felt, so no problem. The song was suited to the voice but the video brought out the emotion, a poignant and melancholy thought provoking beginning. I too have used silence in meditations to re-arrange life, but mine are usually more lighter, bringing answers to situations, easing self-doubts, moving me onto a new path.
    I hope that wherever you are this week, the silence works in a positive and joyful way through your journey. RE-charge your battery and come back light of step and heart. Bless you. Brian

    1. HI Brian, sounds like you’re enjoying life’s journey in all its many wonderful forms. I hope you had a creative and joyful week. Mine was really special and I’ll write on it at a later date. πŸ™‚ eden

      1. Hi Eden, I don’t know about enjoying life’s journey, mine are usually a rollercoaster of wins and losses! You did incentivise me somewhat last week though, as I recommenced putting content into my own blog on the website. I have been playing with a full story in verse, and after many false trials to get back into my website and tekkie problems with WordPress managed it! Check it out and let me know your thoughts http://www.brianandbyrongeorge.com/blog/
        Looking forward to Monday’s music choice,
        Brian

  2. Since Bill’s death, I go many days without talking to anyone- other than my sweet cat. For the most part I have become quite comfortable with silence and the peace that accompanies it. Thank you for another insightful post.

    1. Hi MaryAnn, Firstly, sending you a big hug as you bravely move forward without your beloved. xox For me, silence heals and I prefer it over nonsensical noise. I realize many people find it uncomfortable when in someone’s presence, but I’ve never felt that incessant need to fill space with sound. Like you, there is beauty and peace in the quiet. Thanks so much for your ongoing support and wise words. xox

  3. Great song, and I love this version. Have you seen the video of the French skaters who skate to this song? Not Simon’s or Noelo’s version; I can’t remember the name of the singer, but he’s got a great husky voice. It’s amazing.

    1. Hi Kate, I think you mean the version by Disturbed. Many people love it, but I’m not a fan of the singer’s voice. Good thing for so many versions to accommodate different tastes! Hope you’re doing well. xo

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