Musings from the Bunker 3/20/21
Happy First Day of Spring!
A great rendition of Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time” performed for Quarantine from Phoenix Chamber Choir. It’s a very clever bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpAKcQufacc
MORE MUSIC—THE SOUND OF SILENCE COVER VERSION
“The Sound of Silence”—a different version. It is not often that a “cover version” can stand up to the original through its different presentation, mood and arrangement. This one is amazing: Sounds of Silence, Disturbed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4
I am grateful to Allison Gingold for reminding me about the great story of how The Sound of Silence came to be. It was inspired by Art Garfunkel’s roommate, Sandy Greenberg, who lost his sight. Greenberg cites Garfunkel as giving him reason to go on living. “Every night Arthur and I would sing. He would play his guitar and I would be the DJ. The air was always filled with music,” said Greenberg. They made a pact to always be there for each other. Garfunkel related the story to Paul Simon and a classic was made.
From Julie Gadinsky, the cast of West Side Story dancing “Cool” around New York City during the pandemic. Worth a watch for anyone who loves great music, New York, dance, well, everybody…:
So Tired Blus
By Langston Hughes
With the sun in my hand
Gonna throw the sun
Way across the land-
Cause I’m tired,
Tired as I can be
A FORM OF POETRY
I remain transfixed by the algorithm that seeks out unintended haiku from New York Times articles. Here’s one that grabbed me:
evidently has nothing
On watching paint dry.
But did they get it backwards? With a little reworking, I might suggest a few changes:
Watching paint dry seems
like a fun activity
on some COVID days.
Oh, that thing about Spring…hmmm…I lied.