The Sound of Silly Silence

November 18th

Malabrigo Scarf for Scott

Are you a Simon and Garfunkel fan? I grew up in a home that worshiped the likes of Prince, George Clinton and some lady named Apollonia. We never, ever listened to hair bands (which is why to this day I don’t understand the Bon Jovi fascination of many of my friends), or folk.  My mother was both the keeper of the family stereo and the car radio. Funny, today when I put together mixed CDs and am rocking out during my commute, I regularly have Prince leading into something folksy. And both make me scream at the top of my lungs.

Malabrigo Scarf for Scott

Cecilia! You are breaking my heart!”

“She wore a raspberry beret! The kind you find at a second-hand store.”

{You’re signing along, aren’t you? You’re welcome.}

Malabrigo Scarf for Scott

Most of my mixes make absolutely no sense; they are simply songs of a dozen genres that I love. Often they include Yo Yo Ma, who I swear is divinely talented, Ani DiFranco — a college favorite, Vampire Weekend, Andrew Bird, Griffin House, GirlTalk (new album out!) and Simon and Garfunkle. I had a friend tease me once that every single CD I ever made had a song from Paul Simon’s Graceland included. Well, of course. I’m pretty sure music doesn’t come in a finer model than Paul Simon signing along about Arizona in Africa, with an African choir. (Not a stretch to see why I love this album, is it?)

Really, I have Mini to thank for opening my eyes in high school to Mr. Simon and Mr. Garfunkel. She choreographed a dance for our church youth group set to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and I thought, “huh. That tune is pretty good. And it doesn’t include a man humping a purple piano, wearing heels. I should give this folk thing a shot.” The song, “The Sound of Silence” is one I’ve spent some time thinking of lately. I was reminded of it when I read this quote by Mother Teresa, “Be still. It is in silence we are able to touch souls.”

Still. I am not still often enough. Nor am I silent. But when I can steal a moment to knit, simply listening to the click of the needles, I can find an internal silence that is my true source for creativity and happiness. It is usually then I turn the radio back on and find my groove.


*Scarf knit for a coworker’s boyfriend, by request. Malabrigo yarn, size 9 needles, 3 stitch rib.

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4 Responses

  1. “Be still. It is in silence we are able to touch souls.”

    Most people don’t get this… 😀

  2. Concert In Central Park is one of my all time favourite album! Oh, and yes,in the cd you burnt for me there was Paul Simon….

  3. The scarf turned out really nice!

    I’m smiling thinking about the musical interests we pass to our kids and them embracing it as if it were fresh and new. Thankful that none of us fell in love with Prince! 😉 And questioning our judgment when our once 2 year old son was able to sing all the words to Jenny 867-5309. Eeek!

    Time for me to take a nudge from Mother Teresa!

  4. Beautiful scarf! I love love love your Mix CDs. I listen to them all the time! 🙂