Enjoy the Silence

Our youngest lad and I don’t seem to speak a lot about music, though we share some similar likes. We both enjoy country music, though I tend to gravitate to the grittier, outlaw-country side of the genre. And it seems that seeing his older brother’s appearance several years ago at Dauphin’s Countryfest in Manitoba’s Interlake ignited our youngest‘s continuing interest in that event. 

The brothers started playing the violin at age four, and the youngest developed in that instrument and was later a member of youth orchestras and ensembles in Winnipeg, Canada. Still gifted with his hands, he now uses them in trades work. He spent a lot of time away from home a few years ago, helping to build a school for the flood-displaced First Nation community of Lake St. Martin, Manitoba. I’m proud of him and his accomplishments. Right now, he’s out working in the community as an essential service provider, while many other workplaces are silent due to concerns over COVID-19.

A song we shared a mutual liking for when he was much younger is “Enjoy the Silence,” by the English electronic band Depeche Mode. I had been watching the official video for a 2004 remix of the song; it’s an animation that, to me, shows a starker vision of nature overcoming the excesses of human activity on the planet. Anyway, my lad was quite entranced by the video and the song. I remember seeing, years later in his room, the Remixes 81-04 album we gave him for Christmas that year, and on which today’s song appears.

Depeche Mode, which formed in 1980 and remains active, is another band I learned of through the cool kids in North St. Vital, AKA “friends 2.0” (see here for my most recent mention of them). “Enjoy the Silence” is also one of the songs covered by Tori Amos on her 2001 album, Strange Little Girls, a track from which I posted on March 4, 2020. The band has also been covered by Johnny Cash, whose version of “Personal Jesus” is on the album, American IV: The Man Comes Around (and who is featured on this blog, here).

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.” 

Here’s the official video of the remix version of the song, from Depeche Mode’s YouTube channel:

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