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Song: The Trees In Silence Sing
Year: 2001

First known live performance:2001-12-01 - Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC, United States
Last known live performance:2001-12-01 - Visulite Theatre, Charlotte, NC, United States

Versions:
The Trees In Silence Sing [Promo video]
The Trees In Silence Sing [Live]
The Trees In Silence Sing [Studio]

"This song was written a few days after September 11, 2001. The title refers to something that I heard on the radio. A journalist, who had just returned from three years in Afghanistan was describing his experience of driving into Kabul for the first time and seeing these strange glittering black trees in the distance. When he was up close, he saw that the effect was aused by sunlight reflecting off of miles of audio tape that had been strewn through the branches of the trees. Apparently, it was the custom of the Taliban regime to confiscate music cassettes, rip out the tape and wrap it around the trees as a graphic reminder that listening to music was forbidden. I was struck by the poetic connotations of this image. Those trees were, in effect, full of music. They were silent but in a very powerful way, they were singing out loud."
David J


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