Tuesday, 13 January 2015

It's Just Working For Me Right Now

"Obsessed" is not the right word, but I keep listening to songs from, or occasionally both albums of The Wall.

I feel like The Wall has been a part of my life for a long time even if I didn't exactly know it.  I remember singing along to "Another Brick in The Wall" on the radio and getting "in trouble" from my parents.  I don't exactly know why or what they said but I think they didn't appreciate that the song put down teachers or education or something and so I remember something like being told we didn't like that song or something.

Or maybe not, children's memories not always being 100% accurate, but I do remember hearing it on the radio that sat behind the couch in the family room.

Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon" is one of the first CDs I owned (even if by "owning" it, I mean taking it from my brother's room and never quite giving it back..like...ever) and I suppose I've always connected with their music, even before I knew it had semi-cult status.

I'm sure I heard random songs from The Wall before I heard/watched The Wall in its entirety, after all, haven't we all sung "Comfortably Numb" at a house party or at the beach with a single guitar in front of a bonfire?

So I'll find myself singing a phrase from a song and realize it's from The Wall and I'll go and give that song a listen (or a watch) and I'll often realize there are many of the songs (most?) from the albums I can sing word for word.

I've started to have an urge to analyze The Wall from all sorts of perspectives to find all the ways it means something to me.  Or to find what I think they meant by it and how I interpreted that meaning and, well, anyway... the point is, I've been listening to the Wall a lot lately.  It's pretty damn magnificent.


Jason Langlois said...

Ah, The Wall. I remember how subversive that was when it came out, and how subversive it remains today.

I can think of many worse things to do than analyse Pink Floyd albums.

Bart Coddens said...

Sometimes the beauty lies in its creation, over analysing breaks this beauty. Stop thinking and feel :) Happy new year from over the ocean !

Elliott said...

Love Floyd. Many good memories of hanging out at university and many road trips for minor hockey.

It always amazes me how songs/bands/albums can do that for us. I still remember sitting in the park that border our backyard and listeing to a Supertramp concert. They were playing at Western, but the summer breezes were blowing perfectly bring the concert to our backyard, however faintly. Still love Supertramp.

Victoria said...

It's funny Jason, but I've never really thought of it as subversive! Guess that makes me... subversive? D'oh! ;)

Happy New Year Bart! :D

Supertramp are pretty damn awesome too E :)