There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label Pink Floyd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pink Floyd. Show all posts

17 June 2017

Us + Them


The year I got my drivers license, my first car ( a yellow Ford Pinto), and the freedom to drive to my hometown's local music store.

I bought Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" on tape. Back then it was touted as one of the top selling albums of that year, even though it was originally released in 1973.

I popped in into the sound system I'd just installed into my shitty little car, and what I heard blew me away, leaving an ever lasting impression on my world view.

June 14th, 2017.
Roger Waters, one of the founding members of the band, is still touring. This time around is the "Us + Them" tour, honoring music from this timeless classic album, as well as new material he has released.

I'm no fan of Trump, but Roger's anti-Trump sentiment in his new songs was a bit too much, even for me. When he stuck with his classic songs though, his concert was a huge success.

18 May 2012

The Wall

My first act of teenage rebellion resulted from listening the the song "Another brick in the wall", being played on the radio, my best friend and I shouting about how we weren't going to let teachers rule our lives.

I had no concept of the entire Pink Floyd album at that time. I few years later, at the still tender age of seventeen, I saw the movie based on the epic rock album, and started to grasp Roger Water's concept of isolation and loneliness.
During the 1990's I was as lost as the album's main character, Pink. The songs comforted me like a child's favourite blanket.
The mark of a truly great album is the test of time. It's been over twenty five years since "The Wall" was released, and it sounds as new today as when it first was released.

Like myself, Roger Water's himself has changed. he now relates his masterpiece as an anti-war message. The shows message on this topic is clear throughout the Broadway-esque live performance.

We are reminded of the slippery slope we have when our government gets too much power, like the murder in London of Brazilian man Jean Charles de Menezes , who was shot seven times in the head by the London Metropolitan police after being mistakenly identified as someone associated with the 1995 bombings that occurred there.

As I watch the show in San Francisco's AT & T park, the wall being created before my eyes and the images burned into my brain, I understand the message delivered.

08 May 2011

Wild turkey sunsets

Covering my skin, my lungs, slowly enveloping me
like a dirty woman.

listening for your voice
floating on the wind
telling me to bare your skin,
cover you with dirt.

all I hear are wild turkeys
filling the diminishing dusk 
with garbled cries.

The sun sets,
the day ends,

the thought is gone.

03 February 2010

the Pink Floyd Xperience

They all were there. Young and old. Large, thin,beautiful, ugly and everything in between. Drunk...stoned...sober...
And I was in the middle of it all, enjoying the Pink Floyd Experience show, that premiered in the SLC last night at Kingsbury Hall.

Knowing that I would never see the genius of musicians such as Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, and Roger Waters ( members of the original band), or their infamous concerts, I jumped at the chance to see this intimate re-creation.

     And it was awesome.