I’ve been at this blogging thing for roughly three years now. And it’s somewhat shocking to me that I’ve never written about Pink Floyd. The British prog-rock band, formed in London in 1965. The creative force behind The Wall, and The Dark Side of the Moon. That Pink Floyd.
‘Cause here’s the thing about me and Pink Floyd. They laid down a musical track in my subconscious over the course of my late teens and early twenties, and I’m pretty sure not a day has passed since that I have not accessed that music. Most of the time, it’s an internal accessing–a snippet of song weaving through the space between my ears.
My point being: the music of Pink Floyd is always with me.
It’s like the scene in The Shawshank Redemption, when Andy Dufresne talks about how he had music to keep him company while he was in solitary confinement. “That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you. Haven’t you ever felt that way about music?”
Tim Robbins’s character was specifically referencing Mozart, who does not have a prominent spot in my subconscious soundtrack, but hopefully, you get the idea.
I’ve tagged Pink Floyd all of once in over 150 blog posts. Fittingly enough, it was a year ago, before I traveled to Tennessee to witness the total solar eclipse. In Total Eclipse of the ’80s, I wrote about the last song on The Dark Side of the Moon, “Eclipse.” That particular song is less of an earworm than the one that precedes it, “Brain Damage.” Meaning: the only way I can get to the lyric “…and everything under the sun is in tune / But the sun is eclipsed by the moon,” is to first sing “The lunatic is in my head…”
Speaking of earworms, here are my (likely) top five internally-referenced Pink Floyd lyrics. The order will change, and other ones will nudge up in the ranking, depending on what’s going on in the world and in my life, but this is more-or-less reflective of the now-now:
5. “And the general sat / And the lines on the map / Moved from side to side” (“Us and Them”)
4. “The one regret, you will never forget / There’ll be no sleep in here tonight” (“One Slip”)
3. “And did we tell you name of the game, boy? / We call it ‘Riding The Gravy Train'” (“Have a Cigar”)
2. “Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day / Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way” (“Time”)
1. “There is no pain, you are receding” (“Comfortably Numb”)
Oh man, I could write volumes more. Just on “Comfortably Numb” alone. And I haven’t even mentioned Animals. Or Syd Barrett. Or how even though Roger Waters had no part in A Momentary Lapse of Reason, I still love it and it’s still very much Pink Floyd to me. Or how when I swim, there’s always a Pink Floyd song in the rotation, or else I might as well not swim. But there’re always several laps dedicated to Daft Punk, too, so maybe my internal swim track is a post for another time.
So I guess I’ll conclude with: Isn’t this where…we came in?