All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste
All you feel
All that you love
All that you hate
All you distrust
All you save
All that you give
All that you deal
All that you buy beg, borrow or steal
All you create
All you destroy
All that you do
All that you say
All that you eat everyone you meet
All that you slight everyone you fight
All that is now
All that is gone
All that’s to come
And everything under the sun is in tune
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon.
“There is no dark side of the moon really.
Matter of fact it’s all dark.”(spoken)
Heartbeat fades in to close album
The Darkside of the Moon, 1973, Pink Floyd
This was my first experience with Floyd, and it quickly became an obsession. Darkside has become an anthem, much like The Wall. However, if one goes back to earlier than Darkside and really listens to the Syd Barret Floyd you will see the connects. Sadly, most Floyd fans don’t ever listen to the albums before Darkside; and they are admittedly more difficult to find, and really digest. Most stick to The Wall, but miss even the flow of Floyd after Roger Waters left the group.
This band is so emotional for me. It is the only band I ever wanted to see whole, and was denied. My wife Mary Brewer took me last year to see Roger perform The Wall for it’s 30th Anniversary tour. It was better than I ever could have imagined. To be able to see even Roger was a massive blessing. He will never know what Pink Floyd means to me. Most people won’t. It is a link to my now deceased mother. It is music that drives and pushes the spirit, at least mine. The more contemporary link is most anything that Maynard James Keenan has produced.
Back to PF for a moment, there is such a giant connection, even at a laser light show; where the music becomes center stage. The band wasn’t always known for making music out of practically nothing…they weren’t as well known for pushing boundaries and creating sounds that weren’t ever done…and they did it all with harmony. That ebb and flow that is essential for the connection.
I urge anyone reading who hasn’t had much experience with Pink Floyd to step away from the popular culture of Floyd and to delve deeper into the music, into the pathos. I am sure that now most of the older music especially can be listened to via YouTube. There might even be messages explaining meaning and such…but the Harmony and Lyrics are deeper than one glance gleans.
Most of all, if you ever get to listen to most of the music, listen with good headphones, because that is where the real magic lies. Feed your head. Let the music swirl and dance within your ears and headspace. Allow yourself a vacation in true music that hasn’t become all about the money, allow yourself a journey in emotional stages and let the music play.
“A movement is accomplished in six stages
And the seventh brings return…”
~Chapter 24 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Pink Floyd
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