On WSGW’s First Day show this past Sunday, I played Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” because it was the 49th anniversary of that song’s recording into music history.
“Sound of Silence” would later be featured in the generational-breaking film, The Graduate, which is one of my favorite movies. Whenever I hear the word, “Plastics,” I think of Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin character’s perpetual feeling of drowning. Even though the film is nearing 50 years old (hard to believe!!!), The Graduate still resonates with the young and old because no matter what decade we’re living in, making the transition into adulthood is a traumatic for most young people. It’s particularly traumatic when you believe your elders are phonies!!!
Ever since I played that unforgettable tune, another Simon and Garfunkel song from that film has been stuck in my head.
I can’t say “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” is one of their best songs, but it’s definitely one of their more beautiful–and longing–songs.
Here’s the ‘Monday Music Minute” set to the film that changed pop culture history.