I chose to post this song as I believe this song is written for people with Bipolar Disorder. I listen to this song hearing so many beautiful and brilliant words and lyrics that I can relate to in many meaningful and different ways. Also, when I am in a more melancholy or lower negative or depressive mood pole it is a song that feels like a very familiar friend and place of solitude that I can go to and it welcomes me as a frequent visitor.
Please try to listen very closely to all of the words and hopefully you will be able to relate to the words in your own unique ways. Surely this song means many different things to each person that listens to it, as the melody and lyrics are so incredibly beautiful and meaningful. I think this song was written for all of us in some way. What a gift it is. Please listen to it over and over like I have and enjoy it hopefully reaching a relaxing and comforting place in your own mind, heart and soul as you listen. Try to hear all the analogies related to mental illness that this song shouts out at us through the sounds of silence.
I especially love this man’s version of Simon and Garfunkel’s song as his emotion is so raw and powerful helping me to relate to it even more. I can’t get enough of it. There are so many words and lyrics that fit mental illness, Bipolar Disorder and stigma.
“Hello darkness my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again.”Luckily for me, at this very moment and time in my life my old friend “darkness” is not visiting me. I am so thankful and blessed that my familiar “frenemy” has left me for a while. I pray and hope that darkness would never come back to visit and horrify me again. However, I have lived with severe Bipolar Disorder my entire life and was diagnosed over 23 years ago, so I know the reality of my severe Bipolar Disorder 1 with rapid cycling and mixed episodes and PTSD and more labels, but that is enough for now. Unfortunately, I know the nature of my illness and my mood poles of both mania and depression can change frequently at varying rates randomly throughout the day, months and years.
I realize that soon darkness will come back to haunt me and blind me and bury me in a dark grave once again. Darkness will take away all of the beauty and light in my life. My best friend Hypomania is with me right now and has given me light and the sunshine rays of hope and happiness and endless bounds of energy, creativity and racing thoughts.
Now back to the song and the lyrics that have spoken to me with my creative mind working to find deep meaning behind the lyrics. “Because a vision softly creeping left its seeds while I was sleeping… and the vision that was planted in my brain still remains.” This is what happens to my Bipolar brain as my mind changes unexpectedly planting thoughts, ideas and visions, and voices in my brain that I do not want there nor do I know how they got there or how my brain changed so quickly without warning.
“In restless streets I walk alone.” When I was first diagnosed I lost all of my friends, husband and family. This illness caused me to isolate myself for many years and at the same time I am very lonely.
“People talking without speaking, hearing without listening, writing songs that voices never share and no one dare.” These words share the meaning to me of my continuous nonstop ruminations, rapid and racing thoughts. It also shares what causes mental illness stigma. We may write and say many beautiful words full of wisdom concerning our illness, but no one dares to speak about it and no one wants to hear, listen or learn about it. They can’t understand it and some people are still afraid of mental Illness and people that have any type of mental illness.
“Fools say you do not know. Silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you.” These lyrics are so important when it comes to increasing awareness and educating others about mental illness and Bipolar Disorder. Most people do not want to listen or learn about our illness. The fact that no one is speaking about it and no one is listening and learning about it is killing people. Because of the lack of awareness and education, suicide is increasing at alarming rates. So, those are the most important words “silence like a cancer grows.” The silence is killing people, just like cancer can kill people so can mental illness.
Let’s stop being silent. Turn the silence and whispers into shouts of wisdom, joy and praise for everyone with Bipolar Disorder and other mental illness. We are all strong, great people and we are all survivors. Let’s talk about it. Let’s shout about it. Let our voices and words be heard. This is a very beautiful song, but no more “Sounds of Silence.”