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Comfortably Numb

Posted Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at 7:32 PM

Pink Floyd is one of those bands that most folks have heard about over the years. How could you not hear about them, they have sold over 200 million albums world wide.

Pink Floyd was not a band like Aerosmith, a group of friends who have worked well together for over three decades, and are a tight family. Floyd was anything but that.

I was fortunate enough to become a big fan of the album, The Wall, released almost thirty years ago next month, without ever seeing the movie, The Wall. Two years ago I finally watched the movie, and I didn't like it. I guess I was free to make my own interpretation of the meaning behind The Wall. It differed greatly from what I saw in the movie, especially when it came to the song, Comfortably Numb, probably my all time favorite.

The members of Pink Floyd were all talented guys, although clearly they struggled with success. Floyd members went through the usual array of "fun" that comes with quick fame and fortune. We all are human, and sometimes our humanity flies right in our faces. The band members fought all through the making of The Wall, it took them seven months to put it together, and they were barely on speaking terms.

Yet somehow, miraculously, wonderful music was born. I have purposefully not mentioned any of the band members names, because, if I can convince you to give a listen to Pink Floyd, I'd like you to think about the music. I think that is what Floyd would like as well.

I'd like to recommend some Floyd albums. Of course, The Wall. I think the album is a masterpiece, and not a week goes by that I don't give it a listen.

The Division Bell, released in March, 1994, is an album filled with what I call "heart music." Music that is just plain good for the soul. There is an attitude throughout the album of reconciliation, and accepting our humanity for the good and the bad that our humanity brings.

Momentary Lapse of Reason, released June, 1987, is just fun. Floyd can rock and roll, but please don't put these guys is a rock and roll box. They are specifically unique, and that is the beauty of Pink Floyd. The bands guitar work is art, not so much guitar gymnastics, say like Zeppelin, but I can tell you, Floyd's guitar work is as good as it gets.

If you find you liked those albums, then get bold and try the album, Wish You Were Here, released September, 1975.

I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I have listened to the song, Comfortably Numb, from The Wall, thousands of times. Yet this very morning, driving on a sunny highway, wind at my back, I still enjoyed a heartfelt, warm feeling, and did a fantastic air guitar on my steering wheel, and sang out loud to the dogs.

If you find that you like Floyd, then I will leave it up to you to find out what you want to about the band. I hope you'll give them a listen.

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Chunk I have to agree about Gilmour. In the mold of Eric Clapton, (Slowhand) I really enjoy his style.

Carl & Guill, Thank you.

Monte, I am gonna tell a story about you pal. Not too long ago, I am at my brothers house in Wyoming, Monte is there, and we drinkin' some beer and having a BarBQ, and Pink Floyd is playing on the CD Player. During one of Gilmours' great guitar solos, Monte turns to me and says "If I played guitar, Id sound like this bro."

I'm sure you would.

-- Posted by sameldridge on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 10:49 PM

Though I wasted my hearing on "thrash" and "grunge", Pink Floyd remains at the top of my favorites list. David Gilmore is still the most unappreciated musician of all time.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Oct 27, 2009, at 9:46 PM

You keep reminding me that you and I are probably hippies at heart. Right wing hippies.

-- Posted by RMontana on Tue, Oct 27, 2009, at 8:46 PM

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