The Sounds of Silence

I can’t think of two more diverse interpretations to the same song. Silence isn’t necessarily silent in the first version. Disturbed’s 2015 version and video interpretation is a bit disturbing. There is a warning here we should not ignore.

The Pentatonix strive for harmony.

The Simon and Garfunkel originally released in 1964 but wasn’t a hit until 1966. When asked to explain the meaning of the song, Art Garfunkel once said it is about “. . .  the inability of people to communicate with each other, not particularly internationally but especially emotionally, so what you see around you are people unable to love each other.” It could have been written this in 2020. It was written by Paul Simon who said he had no idea what it was about. He wrote it in his bathroom when he was 21.

Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Hits from the Past – Week 44

People Come and Go So Quickly Here

Hugh’s challenge this week was to find a song that connects with blogging and followers. Well, don’t we all want followers. Of course we do. But as Hugh points out, we get a lot of ghost followers, bloggers who follow you in hopes you’ll follow them, then they disappear. I don’t mind them so much, if their blog has good content that I will revisit. What bugs me the most are fake follows by people/sites trying to sell you blogging or internet services. I would like to remove them as followers but I can’t figure out how to do it. Or even worse, blogs that follow you, but when you try to visit them to see what they are about, you get a message that the blog doesn’t exists. I find this especially mysterious when I click on the follow notification within a couple hours of the follow. I’m not sure what the point is. Though I do wonder if some of those strange follows are just a way to steal/borrow your blog address for merchandising/mass marketing purposes. For the post several months, I have received thousands, yes thousands, of comments from two or three IP addresses. Each comment is from someone trying to sell me “something you buy to protect your automobile if you have an accident” (I can’t write the word because I have put it on my automatic reject list) in almost every state and city in the US. Odd, since I live only in one. For a couple of months the comments were clogging my comment box instead of  being redirected to the trash folder. WordPress was finally able to fix that problem, so now I get thousands of comments in my trash folder. Tonight, there are 17,179 comments in my trash. What I find most troubling is that the merchandising comments are supposedly responding to one of my posts (which is referenced in the comment) or on the post of either a blog I follow or the blog of someone who had written me a legitimate comment. This is why I think fake follows might be the problem. I don’t know how to make the merchandising comments stop. I would say that over the last few months, I have deleted or trashed over 40,000 fake comments. Unfortunately, because I can’t check them all, I’m sure I have deleted a few legitimate ones. Maybe Dorothy will lend me her ruby slippers so I can follow the yellow brick road. Perhaps the Wizard would have the answer.

 

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For The BrokenHearted

Ah, a song for a broken heart. There are so many. Hugh went back to 1989 this week with his broken-hearted song. I’ve reached a bit farther back, to 1983. “How am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Laura Brannigan has to be one of the best songs about heartbreak. It speaks to the yearnings of a friend who wanted more—but love never happened. Brannigan’s approach to the lyrics says so much more than Michael Bolton’s later release of the song, which he co-wrote.

 

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Dancing To The Music II

Hugh’s guest blogger, Steve McSteveface, challenged us this week to showcase “sing-along-and-dance-along” songs—Songs that make you want to dance around your kitchen. Cher’s “Believe” is one of my favorites. It has the perfect beat for hopping around and singing loudly. When I lived in Seattle in the late 90’s, early 2000s, I was part of a writer’s critique group that met every Saturday morning. We all worked and on Saturday’s our energy could ebb. One day, someone suggested we needed to get our blood pumping and put on “Believe.” We all danced and jumped around the living room for a number of weeks at the beginning of our meetings. I always think of that wonderful group of people and how we became a Saturday morning family.

Cher – Believe

 

 

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Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Hits from the Past – Week 38

Dancing To The Music

Hugh’s challenge this week was to showcase songs that made us think of that “first dance.” I decided to go for some songs about dancing instead. I have to admit the last one is my favorite

 

1964 – Martha & the Vandella’s, Dancing in the Streets

 

1972 – King Harvest, Dancing in the Moonlight

 

2014 – Walk The Moon, Shut Up and Dance With Me, Disney Version

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