Do you remember this song by Simon & Garfunkel?
It has a beautiful story behind it. A friend of mine shared it with me this morning, and since I have always been fascinated with the lyrics and the song, I thought I would share it with all of you.
The story goes like this;
The song is a touching tribute to Art Garfunkel’s undying bond to
Sanford (Sandy) Greenberg, and the singer’s sacrifice that saved Sandy’s
life when Sandy unexpectedly lost his sight..
Sandy and Art met during their first week at the prestigious Columbia University in New York.
They became best friends and roommates having the same taste in books,
poetry and music. Art would play his guitar while Sandy would DJ.
Music filled the air whenever they were together.
They made a pact to always be there for each other in case of trouble,
and had no inclination that the pact they made to each other would soon
Sandy was at a baseball game when his eyes grew cloudy, and darkness
descended upon his vision. The doctors thought it was conjunctivitis but
Sandy became blind days later.
He refused to see or talk to anyone.
He gave up his dream of becoming a lawyer having no money to finance his
education, and he became depressed, returning to his home in New York.
Art flew down to see Sandy, reminding him of the pact they made.
Together they returned to Columbia University. Art supported Sandy.
Art would often speak about Sandy to Paul Simon.
Simon wrote the lyrics to the Sound of Silence, infusing Garfunkel’s compassion as Darkness, Sandy’s old friend.
Sandy graduated with a master’s degree from Harvard and Oxford.
When Art needed $400 to get started to record his first album, Sandy
gave him the money for it. He had the chance to keep to his end of the
pact. Art taught Sandy the most important lesson of his life, to be an independent man in his own right.
Isn’t that just awesome!
Sandy married his high school sweetheart, and they had only $404 in their account, but he didn’t think twice about helping his best-friend,
Art. He gave Art the money.
That’s such a great bond to have!
The Sound of Silence hit the No.1 charts across the world, topping the US charts and going platinum in the UK. It was the soundtrack for the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” and was named among the 20 most performed songs of the 20th century.
This a story of good-hearted men. Men who inspired the world without knowing it and expecting anything in return!
All it took was kindness, compassion, with no regard for quite anything else in this case. It is how friendships are forged for a lifetime- one helping the other to reach their ultimate dream.
This world needs to learn from sacrifices like this, to wake up to the need for love, hope and cherish the peace that is slowly evaporating from our lives.
It takes a lot to gain peace and independence. It takes a lot to live dignified lives. Have a great week ahead everyone.
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