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Pink Floyd :: The Enigmatic Bliss

Dark Side of the Moon (Album Cover)

The Author’s perspective:

 

Well, the sound, the enigmatic feel, the music, the mystifying vocals and the incredible solos, its Floyd.

 

I’d like to talk about my favorite band, Pink Floyd. As I sat next to my computer my brain was hardwired with the sounds of pure cool. The soothing guitars, tight kick drum and bass line, and entrancing vocal harmonies built in me a template against which I would measure all music even to this very day. “The Dark Side of the Moon “,” Wish You Were Here and “The Wall” have each spent a rather long tour of duty in my winamp’s playlist.

 

As an ardent listener:

One thing that has always struck me about Pink Floyd is the existential nature of their lyrics. As a son, I am deeply touched by “Mother” from The Wall, a song that presents a dialogue between a son and his mother which turns out to be sort of a commentary on the role of the family in shaping children. Here is the first half of the song:

 

Mother do you think they’ll drop the bomb?

Mother do you think they’ll like this song?

Mother do you think they’ll try to break my balls?

Mother should I build the wall?

Mother should I run for president?

Mother should I trust the government?

Mother will they put me in the firing line?

Oooh is it just a waste of time?

 

It is the all too familiar need that all of us have to look to our parents to give us guidance and to explain this harsh world in which we live. Most of us initially trust that our parents both care about us and know what they are talking about. The mother responds:

 

Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry

Mama’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true

Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you

Mama’s gonna keep you right here under her wing

She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing

Mama’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm

Oooh babe Oooh babe Oooh babe of course Mama’s gonna help build the wall

 

This song speaks of “building the wall.” That is, the dividing wall between all of us and the reality of the world we live in. The wall is created, perpetuated, and maintained in part by family, where children blindly trust their parents to guide them and give them explanations, and their parents pass down their own insecurities about the world and their place in it to their children.

 

Yet another example of this might be the song “Another Brick in the Wall [part 2]”, an amazing power ballad, the lyrics emanate from the

very heart of children who are frustrated from the teachers and the

administration of the school who keep making new rules and impose severe [read as physical] punishment on them. The song’s chorus is a breathing satire on their existence in the school as well in society.

“All in all its justa..nother brick in the wall,

all in all your justa..nother brick in the wall..”

The Band

 

A musician’s perspective:

“The Floyd sound” is the most apt description of the music that the band has created; it is more of an artwork which consists of a captivating amalgamation of blues, jazz and country music. “Progressive Rock” might be a suitable categorization of their music. The song “Shine on you crazy diamond” dedicated to Syd Barrett has a melancholic feel to it. The lyrics’ dealing explicitly with the aftermath of his breakdown whereas “Wish you were here” again dedicated to him has a delightful feel to it in spite of it dealing a similar theme, “absence”.

 

Floyd, when you’re High:

Listening to “Comfortably Numb”, I sometimes wonder, “Is this heaven or just a manifestation of it?” The feeling surpasses everything that exists physically and I am taken to a place which I can be best described as “ethereal”. The moment when Gilmour’s voice says “hello..is there anybody in there”, I am dispatched on a blissful voyage to unfamiliar places of this universe that I cannot even relate to in the state of sanity.

Watching the live concerts, especially PULSE is something out of the ordinary. The lavish stage setups combining over-the-top visual experiences with their music, create a show in which the artists themselves are almost secondary. Additional special effects in the concerts include lasers, pyrotechnics, and oversized balloons. I used to wonder about Floyd being called a psychedelic rock band when I had just started listening. It never struck me until I watched PULSE.

 

For me there’s music and then there’s Floyd.

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September 6, 2007 - Posted by | Music

11 Comments »

  1. Nice n vivid description of ya feelins man..btw wat do u get high on, i think thats worth mentioning, huh?

    Comment by DumbleDORx | September 12, 2007

  2. This is a pretty good crash course on becoming a Floydian dude..cheers..

    Comment by debabrata | September 12, 2007

  3. whoaaow!!!!that was what i call “worth a read” article..good job mr.raman…lukin fwd to further works of urs…n defi2ur perceptions of floyd..

    live well and prosper!

    Comment by Cherie | September 12, 2007

  4. 😉 @ DumbleDORx..i’ll tell ya in private..

    Comment by RaWMaN | September 12, 2007

  5. Hmmm…I think this was in the making..nice to read it..shine on crazy raman..er..diamond..a delightful read to say the least..

    Comment by Aditya | September 12, 2007

  6. @ Aditya: thanx man, well i wrote this article back in college itself, i guess that was the best time to do it..took some time for me to go ahead n post it here…

    @cherie: thanx loads 😉

    Comment by throughmywords | September 12, 2007

  7. Pink Floyd is Sublime really… Totally Agree!! 🙂

    By the way, WELCOME to the BLOGOSPHERE!!… And.. WordPress!

    Blog on…!

    Comment by Amyth | September 19, 2007

  8. @ Amyth, Thanks man..time to start “talkin some tails”..:)

    Comment by RaWMaN | September 19, 2007

  9. Rawman,

    Nicely done my man. And welcome to the blogging world!

    Floyd is truly one of a kind, as you’ve put down extremely lucidly. But Waters is greater. His lyrics are out of this world.

    Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry

    Mama’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true

    Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you

    Mama’s gonna keep you right here under her wing

    She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing

    Mama’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm

    Oooh babe Oooh babe Oooh babe of course Mama’s gonna help build the wall

    Love his rejection of authority be it the education system or the prejudices that parents transfer, often unknowingly, to their own children.

    Regards,
    Hades

    Comment by Hades | January 10, 2009

  10. Thanks Hades, though i’d entered the blogging world a long time back but could never manage to stay here for long. 🙂

    Well i kinda have a perennial prejudice towards Gilmour, of course, lyrics-wise, Waters’ is unmatchable, esp. for the reasons that u’ve stated. I’ve been listening to ‘On an Island’ these days by Gilmour, check out the title track and ‘take a breath’. Not much of a play with the lyrics, but the (chord progressions)moods in which these songs progress, quite unique!

    Comment by RaWMaN | January 10, 2009

  11. dude ur awesome

    Comment by ashwini((w)) | August 31, 2010


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