Shine on! you crazy diamond

Discussion in 'Music Reviews, Albums, Biography etc' started by vstanv, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. vstanv

    vstanv New Member

    [ Just talking of the song, talking of Pink Floyd... More for those who are just starting with Pink Floyd ]

    Well, a reporter, well aware that Nick Mason (drummer, Pink Floyd) is crazy about cars and driving, goes to him with a cool idea... How about playing up "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" in the car's player and having you finish a circuit before the song ends...

    Nick is excited about this idea !!! Well so they set up for a beautiful circuit in Germany where there'd be lush green fields that hold your eyes but also a lot of twists and turns, making it quite difficult for any racer.

    Nick Mason and the reporter sit in the car, and as the car starts, the Stereo plays the beautiful intro verses of Gilmour. He starts accelerating, through the intro, and by the time the intro riff comes in with the first beats of Nick, hez making gear shifts, as if like signifying the race has indeed started....

    He feels great about doing this, 'cuz this is one time, where his two passions, drumming and car driving meet together...

    As the song moves on to get slow in the middle he is, silently cruising, no different from any other car racer, with all expertise...

    The song takes twists and turns (like a progressive/ psychedelic rock is supposed to) and his car does too.

    So with about 10 minutes having passed by, leaving just few more minutes to the end, he rushes up, and a little later as the song outro is being done, well, he's not making it... he is missing out on the race... the song ends... but uhm, no he hasn't made it :(

    "We should've used the first version... that was 17 mins..."
    He tells the reporter and asks, "how about a second run?"
    On with the race again, and there you go... Nick finishes this time... with even a few seconds to spare of the 13 mins...

    The reporter says " most car racers if they did the lap in this kind of a time, would've considered it a great accomplishment, but for him maybe it was just Another Brick in the Wall "

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    We just talked of a car race against the song ( some say: rock's second longest song...)
    But then what was this song about? [We are still talking about Shine on you crazy diamond]

    That brings us to the story of Pink Floyd.... It is Syd Barrett meeting up with Nick Mason, Roger Waters and a couple of other guys, making up a band. As a band they started making music that tried to express their moods.... And not just moods or themes that are as easily classifiable as "happy" or "sad"... rather themes which very hard to describe... To musically express such moods was meant they had to do a lot of exploring....

    Thus with all exploration, they were having a unique style... Not many people liked it though, first... They just found something strange and the band was having only moderate success. But then, the kept to their work... "Perseverance"

    People slowly started accepting the music... It was starting to make an impact... Shows were theatrical, the lights and effects added to their performance and as time rolled by they were legends...

    They had shown to the world how music could be twisting and turning and express all moods, all feelings...

    The one spearheading, was Syd Barret... He was who has been composing all the songs for the band...

    With more and more popularity, they were forced to make more shows and more tours and more songs... Syd was composing, and his exploration went on to extremely-hard-to-think-of subjects... He was wishing to be recluse, preferring to stay far behind in the stage... And with time, his mind unable to bear such extreme thoughts, started failing him... He was becoming "crazy"

    Well, he realized that, and for the sake of the band, he offered to quit the band and did...

    So, there was the hero, who as an young band member was "shining" taking the band to great heights, and his brain failing him, making him "crazy"... yet he always remains the diamond... a shining diamond...

    " Shine on you crazy diamond "
    the band sings as a tribute, and he hears that, staying at his home in Cambridge...

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    Well, *such* a great song! Would you not wanna listen to it?
    [A beautiful Live Performance- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nzIKAhNTW0 ]
     

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