Ignored Obscured Restored
In 1966, Simon & Garfunkel release a “song” titled “7 O’Clock News/Silent Night” on their album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
The track was intended to juxtapose the quiet, peacefulness of the traditional Christmas carol against the disturbing events that were dominating the news at that time.
Simon & Garfunkel sing “Silent Night” as a news broadcaster (voiced by announcer Charlie O’Donnell) summarizes the headlines of a mock report of events that actually occurred, though not all on the same day. Mention is made of a civil rights march, the Vietnam War, and the Richard Speck mass murder of nurses (among others).
It has occurred to me many times over the years that this could be updated with equal effect every year since Simon & Garfunkel executed their concept. In fact, in 2019, Phoebe Bridgers and Fiona Apple ran with the idea and recorded their own update, with The Nationals’ Matt Berninger taking the announcer’s role.
Their version addressed the Sackler family, of Purdue Pharma, avoiding criminal charges for their role as major contributors to the opioid crisis, the murder of Botham Jean, and the first Trump impeachment.
I hate to be such a bummer on this special day, but sometimes a dose of reality helps us to be grateful for all the joy in our lives.
Merry Christmas. Peace on Earth.
Enjoy… until next week.