Year after year...
Where did you go Syd Barrett?
Our world turns it's lonely ears to you.
In all honesty, I thought Syd Barrett died years ago.
I even said so at work, and my love of classic rock challenged.
Sadly, sometimes love doesn't mean expansive knowledge,
and to be fair he was a bit of a recluse.
I really love Pink Floyd.
Favorite albulm: Dark Side of the Moon
Favorite song: Wish You Were Here
Oh it's all so top 40, isn't it?
But really, it all stems back to my brother Matt, teaching me about music.
I remember, quite vividly, my brother in his room as he opened a CD case as if it was the holy grail of music.
I was sitting, on my hands, on the bottom bunk starring up at him. I had to promise not to breathe too hard just so I would be able to be in the same room as the amazingness that he was holding.
It was the albulm, Wish You Were Here
and I had no idea.
I was just wondering why there was a man on fire and the other man could be so calm about it. The picture frightened and amazed me and I was only able to admire from afar because Matt paid a good deal of money for this Special Edition.
The CD he pulled out was gold. It was a golden CD - supposed to play with quality sound like no other.
Matt said he would play it once, then set it aside- it was valuable.
How is that valuable?
Matt said I would understand soon, and pressed play.
Then we sat around and listened to it.
And I didn't quite get it, I was still young, but I knew it was bitterly beautiful.
Later, I made my brother drive me to Mr. Cheapo's
I bought Dark Side of the Moon for 8 bucks, it was a used CD.
Syd Barrett didn't literally contribute to these albulms, but without his influence it never would've happened.
I'm not trying to act like a huge Syd Barrett fan here,
but I just thought I'd ad my own tribute because his passing definitely made me reflective on who he was, and what he meant -
and I don't think I could put half as well as my friend Urban did.
Shine on you crazy diamonds, shine on.