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#SoundOfSilence, video babble and stuff

Sound of Silence commentary further down

[Youtube and I aren’t getting along, so no video]

Rambling about lots of things. Bear with me, as I didn’t get much sleep last night.

I have less than 24 hours to get my debt settled with storage or my stuff goes to auction. Paypal is the best option, as the money shows up right away. I have about half, but need about 700 (I’ll likely need to buy a new lock this time) total. That’s mostly covered in the video above, but I’m reiterating it.


I’m starting up a new small press. I have two fresh projects in mind for it, but I’m not sure which one I should try a Kickstarter for first. Here are the two (general) ideas:

  1. Dad was an incredible landscape photographer. His slides and negatives are 600 miles away. The project: scanning and digitizing said slides and negatives and layout a book of his best work. The kickstarter would fund a trip to retrieve the boxes of his work (along with other things) and the work to digitize his work and then the layout.
  2. Develop a themed anthology for later this year to be released early 2017. Submissions would open around October and end December 31st. The theme continues a tradition started by noted SF/F writers and editors. These would be meager beginnings, but the challenge would be rewarding.

Opinions –  Sound of Silence

I could expound on political stuff or other hot topics… but not this round.

I’ve become enamored with a song that’s been making waves: Disturbed’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence. S&G is a hard team to cover. The harmonies, the simplicity and beauty of their words and music. The original has it’s own ethereal vibe. It is a product of its time. Disturbed’s version is a product of our current time.

I noted David Draiman’s voice. I’m a classically trained singer myself, so to hear this powerful, deep, melodic voice singing a song I’ve know my whole life (and Draiman is only a bit younger than I am, and from one article, it sounds like something he and many of the bandmates have also grown up with) made me take notice. Note, please, I’m not really much of a fan of Disturbed’s music genre. But listening to Draiman’s voice got me wondering about his training. I tend to be skeptical about a lot of more well known or popular singers and what training they may have.

Can I just say I was impressed as fuck? While this may not turn me into a fan of the rest of their work, but I am a fan of Draiman’s voice. The simple piano beginning with his voice is just as haunting as the original. His vibrato, overall vocal range and the musicality of his voice. GAH! I don’t hear that kind of quality much anymore. His training as a Hazan or Cantor clarified some things for me: his enunciations of certain words, the clarity of his voice. All of it. I don’t even mind when he goes into vocal styling closer to what he normally does.

I can’t get enough of this cover. Seriously. There’s a brooding quality, but the original message is still relevant and shines in this cover.

I’ll stop for now….




Creative Geek Of All Trades. Do you really need me to explain that one?