Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Artist in Focus | Pink Floyd

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As always, Uni has gotten the better of me. Since Halloween, I've had three essays thrust my way on top of an on-going dissertation. In turn, I had to say goodbye to this blog for a while until I got caught up with all that writing, reading and analyzing. Hopefully, once next Monday rolls around, I'll be able to focus on this blog more since it's my baby.

I was going to do another X-Files review; you know, that rewatch that is taking me forever after underestimating my skills in procrastination. Instead, I thought a better way of venturing back into your lives was an Artist in Focus. And I know this one will make at least one person happy; my Dad. The one person who reads this blog without fail, even though he probably doesn't know what I'm writing about half the time. But I do know that he's been hammering on at me to write this particular Artist in Focus, so this one is for you, Pa.

Where do I even start? There are two bands that Dad brainwashed me and my brother with since we were born; Pink Floyd and Genesis. I gravitated more towards Pink Floyd growing up. Whether that was because Dad played more Floyd than Genesis, I'm not entirely sure. Either way, if I had to pick a soundtrack for my younger years, it would be the whole of Floyd's discography.

Sure, listening to them over and over, 24/7 would get on my nerves from time to time as a kid, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. Now 20 years have passed, I appreciate Floyd a hell of a lot more than I did back then. From their insane ability to make nonsensical lyrics make a weird sort of sense in the Barrett era to the full-fledged rock opera in the reign of Waters, Floyd are a band that will never be replicated.

Hence why they're my Artist in Focus this month. To be honest, they could be an Artist in Focus every month since I go through a repeated cycle of not listening to them for a few weeks, then blitz through their entire discography. It's hard to pick a favourite song, let alone album from the band. Each and every record holds some special semblance on my soul...maybe Dark Side and The Wall holding on a bit more tightly than the others.

Nevertheless, Floyd were my first favourite band. From scarring me with the film adaptation of The Wall to wanting to be able to write like Waters did for that record; which I technically achieved, since I wrote a film essay in college on the film that gave me so many sleep issues as a kid but got me an A*. They were a huge influence on me, to say the least. 

Since 2011, I've been lucky enough to have seen Roger Waters perform The Wall twice, and David Gilmour four times in the span of two years - even appearing in the music video for his track 'Today'. If you'd have told me all that would happen in the future when I was five, I would have laughed in your face.

Pink Floyd will forever be a part of my DNA, and, as my Dad would say, will always be the most classic, progtastic band on the planet.

(And yes, Dad, I will write something about Genesis soon, so shut up.)

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