Don’t you love the irony of songs with silence in the title? Simon and Garfunkle’s “The Sounds of Silence” is a classic. The recent remake by Disturbed is (perhaps surprisingly) also pretty amazing. My favorite, “Enjoy the Silence,” came out in 1990.
1990, the year The Simpson’s debuted with their own TV program. Gas was around $1.34 a gallon. East and west Germany reunited. And I was pregnant with a baby boy.
I didn’t have an ultrasound tell me, I just knew. When “Enjoy the Silence” came out, I rubbed my belly and imagined the day I would sing to him, “All I ever wanted, all I ever needed is here, in my arms.”
Marcus Sikora, a young man with Down syndrome is the lead vocalist and co-writer of this song, “We are the Band (Black Day!)” which was inspired by/written with his book, Black Day: The Monster Rock Band.
Marcus and Quinn Sikora co-wrote the lyrics and then a small but mighty group formed to work out the melody and lay down the tracks. Phil Reno is the guitar soloist and we think it rocks. Brad (Dienstbier) is on the bass (of course) and Quinn is drummer and programming and so on. There were others in the background, as there always are with music and videos. AND Noah Witchell – the book’s illustrator and animator of the short and this video – – – WOW!
It was fun for me (Mom) to watch this all come together and I think you’ll agree that Marcus is, in fact, a master at the “rock and roll scream.”
e.motion21 is an Australian non-profit organization that offers dance and exercise classes for children and young adults who have Down syndrome. Founded in April, 2009, by Cate Sayers, e.motion21 has grown into a multi-site program with seven different locations across Victoria.
For the third year, we’ll be participating in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge!
In 2014, our first attempt at the challenge, we asked for guest bloggers and shared a variety of personal stories and advocacy issues.
Last year, we adopted a theme “Together We Can Do So Much.”
This year we’re going to have some fun! Our theme is “I’ve Got The Music In Me.”
Music is an integral part of our lives. Take a look around our community and you’ll see that music is used for a variety of important tasks:
• Physical fitness
• Awareness & Advocacy
Join us for a month-long tribute to the tunes that keep us going and make life fun!
A new post every day in April (except for Sundays) !
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