11. “7 O’Clock News / Silent Night”
Simon and Garfunkel (1966)
“All is calm, all is bright.” Simon and Garfunkel blow that sedate image wide open, singing the Christmas carol “Silent Night” against a recording of the cold facts of the nightly news from 1966. As the report of anti-war protests and a struggling civil rights bill gets louder and more insistent, the delicately sung song of peace gets softer. “7 O’Clock News / Silent Night” has a simple power, with TV not as the predictable enemy but as a dramatic conduit to the real world — the messenger, not the message.
Pictured, from left: Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon sang together at the United Center in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 24, 2003.