Thread: Pink Floyd
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I saw my Wall VCD after a long time yesterday. Somehow, I found it to be quite depressive in sections. I don't think I had quite understood; when I had seen it before. I think I understood it much better this time. Probably that's why I found it depressive.
I heard about the PULSE DVD coming out on 5th December 2005. I think I'll buy it! Check here: http://www.pinkfloydz.com/dvd_pulse.htm.
I had quite a bit of help from Dark Side of the Moon last week. I had to write two speeches. One was for a presentation on "Time Management" (duh!) for a degree student. The other was a presentation on Kyoto Protocol/Carbon Trading for a person working in a company that deals with the stock markets. The first one started off with "Time" (quite obvious that!). The second one... was a bit tough to make sound interesting. But I somehow managed to use "Money" in it!
From those presentations, I remembered my diploma exams. We had a paper called "Developement of Generic Skills". It was more like an English paper actually. We had to write an essay on "A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine". I was so bored writing that paper, I started off with "In the words of Pink Floyd:" followed by the entire "Time" and a fullstop! I somehow managed to get an A in that one
In the mean time I've acquired most of the rest from my friend with all the albums, so I have plenty of Floyd for the car (and TWO copies of the popular albums, with the exception of The Wall, which I was missing.) I continue to be impressed by how good a debut album, or album in general, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is. There's only one song on the whole album I don't like (and I think we all know which one, too. I class it with The Doors, Are You Experienced and Dire Straits on the list of all time best debut albums.
P.s. Congrats on the wedding Crystle caves
I was driving yesterday and 'Welcome to the Machine' came on over the radio. I never really listened to the lyrics of 'the Machine'; just like with all Pink Floyd songs, it is easy to let the words seep over you in the same way a guitar rift might, with out identifying the note or the length, but accepting the power that it holds.
"Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine.
What did you dream? It's all right, we told you what to dream."
This lyric in particular reminded me of Aldous Huxley, either The Island or Brave New World. The illustration of false familiarity and total control by Media and Government are amazing.
... I love Pink Floyd
I often wonder if he would have gone the way he did if he had not experimented quite so enthusiastically with LSD and other drugs... I guess so, really. I guess the drugs just accentuated the demons that were always lurking beneath the surface.
Reading Nick Mason's book about Floyd, I think they struggled at the time to come to terms with Syd's madness. On one hand they had a lead guitarist/singer who would often turn up at a gig and just pluck one string all night, while the rest of the band had to cover for him. On the other, they seemed too "sheepish" to just tell him to clear off. In the end they drafted in Dave Gilmour (who had taught Syd to play guitar), and gradually phased Syd out without initially telling him. Apparently they would nip out, just telling him they were going to buy cigarettes etc, and go and play the gig without him.
Whatever, the poor guy was a very tormented soul. I'd like to think that he found some peace before he died.