Hello darkness my old friend …

Hello darkness my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again

That song was written by Art Garfunkel in honor of his friend Sanford Greenberg, who he befriended at Columbia University in the 1950s. The two made a pact that they would always help each other in times of need. During the school year Greenberg contracted an eye disease and went blind. Garfunkel helped him through that period, reading his school assignments, encouraging him. Greenberg graduated and moved to London. One day he got a call from Garfunkel who told him that he had been writing music with a fellow by the name of Paul Simon and needed $400 to record their first album. Greenberg had $404 in his bank account, wrote out a check for $400 and sent it to Garfunkel.

It is a wonderful story, well worth listening to:

At 15 minutes, 56 seconds: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05wxfkh

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One Response to “Hello darkness my old friend …”

  1. Pamela Spell-Mata Says:

    I listened to this when it was broadcast. Delightful, surprising, good story telling, short, ends well……don’t pass on it.

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