Today is the 40th anniversary of the seminal “The Dark Side of the Moon” soundtrack by the Pink Floyd. There’s enough been written about it to cover the dark side of the moon. For me, it was a constant college companion, one of my non-human best friends. Or perhaps, it was one of my truly human best friends.
The lyrics across all of the songs are incredible. It’s not poetry, but it touches the mind in ways that some of the great poetry of the centuries. It does not move the heart in some emotional wringing, but it forces the mind to stop and think, and re-think about modern life again. While words like
You run and you run to catch up with the sun
but it’s sinking; only to up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older
shorter of breath and one day closer to death.
have incredible impact when one first comes upon them, the lines that remain with me even today for their sardonic humour are
Forward! He cried, from the rear
and the front rank died.
And the General sat, as the lines on the map
moved from side to side.
Thank you Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason.
A recent Rolling Stone article on the band’s journey to the Dark Side. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/pink-floyd-journey-to-the-dark-side-20111013
The original Rolling Stone Interview. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/dark-side-of-the-moon-19730524