DISTURBED has produced an amazing and timely version of THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE, an anthem Simon & Garfunkel gave the world in 1965. The passages capture the perspective of a disassociated individual, someone different from the status quo, who takes the time and care to warn others of their dangerous choice to remain silent despite the dangers in the world around them. The song captures heart-breaking disenfranchisement and the pain of the individual who has chosen to walk a different pathway to survive, but who remains connected to others through compassion, undeniable humanity, and care. The conflict pours forth in the epiphany of the lone hero saving himself in the knowledge that he cannot save others from their complacency and their worship of false gods of “neon” rather than those who live by the truth in their hearts. Experiencing the heart-breaking silence of the individual in a crowd while the lonely darkness of a rainstorm pelts the cobblestone streets, he stands defiant in a crowd that he tries again to reach to share his warning. He fails, not because of his efforts, but because of theirs ... “people writing songs that voices never shared, no one cared to disturb the sounds of silence.”
If we don’t care for the artists in our society, if we don’t care for ourselves, if we accept without challenge the status quo and the words of those who live within the borders and personal confines of a corrupt political and social system that feeds an obscene economic disparity, we will continue to live blind, live off the backs of those who starve, and shelter those who would take everything though their already blinkered lives are bloated through self-indulgence, greed, and ignorance.