I believe in Pink Floyd. In the 1960’s music almost was all the same. Most of it was anti war reflecting some of the society’s expressions towards the war. However, Pink Floyd was an underground London band. Their music’s purpose wasn’t to blend or express feelings towards the war but more importantly an experiment. They were to express feelings and thoughts through the music that the group had played. The classic rock band had earned there spot the in my life by their hard earned recognition of their psychedelic rock music, and the way they had made their songs or the ideas that influenced them.
When I finally had moved away from my mother to my father who had lived in Granite Bay, I was able to explore more of the varieties of music. I started to get addicted to the sound of rock, but the first time I ever listened to Pink Floyd I was amazed by how big the difference was compared to 90% of all the other rock bands I had listened to. I remember the first song I had ever listened to by them. It was Comfortably Numb. Me and my dad were just cruising along in his white Dodge 1500 on the way back to his house from mine. Their music was so intense but yet so calm and mellow almost making you feel some sort of a natural body high. I was able to listen to them in any situation. If I was tired and wanted to get some sleep to wake up fresh the next morning I would swap on “Wish You Were Here”, if I was in some sort of a vigorous mood I would set on “Have a Cigar”. No matter what mood I was in I felt like I could connect some how. Their music to me was so different that I couldn’t even imagine putting it into words other than calling it some kind of psychedelic art. The way David Gilmour would strum those amazing riffs and use the sound over sound technique was amazing.
Pink Floyd had revolved their ways of writing their music around philosophical beliefs. In the 60’s music was all mostly about the wars and who was for or against the wars. Instead of blending like the rest, Pink Floyd took the risk of being different and wanting to stick out. In many of their songs there is some kind of connection to a philosophical belief. In the song “Time”, David Gilmour expresses his feelings towards time and how it is:
“And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.”
In the chorus of the song he reveals that time goes by more quickly than we may assume. When I first had heard these lines I felt like it was just creepy how true it was. Honestly I couldn’t remember my younger days as a child. I don’t know if it was by choice or by natural instinct, but this chorus to me is how I would explain time if anyone was to come to me and ask how I reflect my opinions on time and how I think it works.
All in all I believe in Pink Floyd. For a band that took the risk of not becoming big in the media they had overthrew all of their own expectations. They were the band that had only started their music as an experiment. Had they known they were going to become legends, most likely not. I listen to Pink Floyd to this day and don’t regret it. I feel so much more comfortable and always in a more relaxed state of mind after listening to their legacy called music.
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