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The Sound of Silence

Our new featured song is “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel (follow the link to listen to the song to help set the tone). This classic, timeless song certainly sets a different mood than some of our more upbeat songs that we have used so far, which allowed for some different interpretations this time around. That is the beauty of this project. Music has a profound ability to set moods and stir emotions within us that can inspire us in so many different ways. We hope you enjoy our interpretations for this song, and we hope that this song might inspire you to capture “The Sound of Silence” in your own way. As always, lyrics can be found at the bottom of the blog post.



Sharon Spall  |  Sharon Spall Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram


Jocelyn Miller  |  Yellow Room Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram


Jodi May  |  Jodi May Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram


Casey McCauley  |  Casey McCauley Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram


Lucy Sandeen  |  Lucy Elayne Photography  |  Facebook


Maria Russell  |  Maria Russell Photos  |  Flickr


Erin McCombie |  EGM Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram


Carolyn Anders  |  Carolyn Anders Photography  |  Facebook


Jenny Swanson  |  Flickr  |  Instagram


Kimberly Fyffe  |  Kimberly Fyffe Documentary Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram


Heather Avrech  |  Heather Avrech Photography  |  Facebook  |  Instagram


Becca Lundin  |  A Life Examined  |  Instagram

“The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend.
I’ve come to talk with you again.
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone.
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.

“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

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence.”