My youngest brother is 14 years old today! To me he's still like eight or nine...and my other brother turns 18 May 19th, it feels so strange, I can't quite understand, because to me they are my little brothers, though they are both taller than me. It feels like we should stay 5, 9 and 11 forever, but slowly, we have all grown up, and it all went so fast, it flashed before my eyes before I even noticed. And now they are both teenagers and I am in my 20s. Such a strange feeling. Oh well, yesterday with had a casual celebration with cake and so, but we will have big birthday bash very soon, he'll propable invite all of his friends, something I cringe a little about, fifteen 13-14 year olds under my roof? Help. Also I have a very soar throat, and I am going to work in a couple of hours, of course I'll manage just fine, but it hurts when I swallow and its propably going to bug me all day.
So, I have to run any minute now, so I'll let you indulge into some fantastic music history while im gone. I often find myself talking about Pink Floyd, but tend to forget some of the albums, sadly. So I wanted to bring more attention around A saucerful of secrets, not one of my favourite albums, but still very good. This album is the only album featuring all of the five memeber, meaning its the only album Syd Barrett and David Gilmour appear on. Released june 1968, and recorded on various dates from august the year before till the date of release. The band had many difficulties recording because Syd become more and more mentally unstable and unable to function properly in the studio. The other members didn't see any other solution the letting Syd go, four months before the release, leaving only the four left to finish the album. It such a sad story about Syd's struggle and his fading into metal illness. I think this album was the turning point and decend into a different style of music, Roger Waters took over the lead more and more later on.
Critics say its not as good as their first album, and in some ways I agree, but one has to remember, Pink Floyd changed alot during their years as a recording band, I think A saucerful of secrets was half-Syd, and Half-Roger, and sort of a gate into a new style of music, as one can call the Waters-rea, during this album, the Barrett-era was still present, but not to its fullest, leaving some empty spaces here and there only Syd could fill. One of the songs from this album, Jugband Blues, is the last song Syd did for the band, to many, this was the last farewell before Syd's delirious state of mind became too great to handle. Its The lyrics are painfully true to many about his state, singing; It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here, and I'm much obliged to you for making it clear that I'm not here. All we can say is, thank you Syd, you were wonderful in so many ways. Shine on you crazy diamond. And today i'd like to share my favourite song from this album. I use to fall asleep to this song almost every night.
And hey, whish my brother happy brithday and enjoy the pretty, cliché-like pictures I keep storing on my computer. Have a wondeful day.