Learning to Fly

17 Mar

“Learning to Fly”

When I think of Pink Floyd I think of David Gilmour and his crazy awesome guitar solos. Gilmour is known as one of the best lead guitarists and songwriters in the progressive rock genre. I can sing and hum every solo he has ever put on an album. Syd Barrett was the original lead guitarist of Pink Floyd. David Gilmour succeeded him after the band decided not to pick Barrett up before a gig one night due to his weird behavior. Honestly if I were constantly on LSD I might be acting a bit weird myself.

Pink Floyd in 1968

“Learning to Fly” appears on the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason, released in 1987, and was written by David Gilmour. The album was written with Nick Mason and Rick Wright after the departure of Roger Waters. Gilmour is a licensed pilot so obviously he has a passion for flying, and if he didn’t he might have gotten the wrong license. The song sings of his feelings and thoughts on the act of flying. Others have thought of the song as a type of symbol for Gilmour’s extreme change in becoming the lead guitarist for such a pristine group. Becoming a leader on the drop of a dime isn’t an easy task for anyone. I don’t care who you are you are still human, as am I, and being a leader is a hard thing to do sometimes. Gilmour has done an exceptionally great job. If it weren’t for David unique sounds vocally and instrumentally the band might not have become so popular, and that’s a fact.

After A Momentary Lapse of Reason came The Division Bell in 1994. The Division Bell was written by both David Gilmour and Rick Wright. Gilmour’s wife, at the time, Polly Samson helped Gilmour write many of the songs on the album. The main theme of the album is communication. It is far easier to solve differences with communication as opposed to a cold shoulder. The name of the album was inspired by the division bell in the British Parliament, which is used to indicate that an election is to take place. Life is about making decisions, and everyone can relate to the album in their own way.

Some critics have interpreted the two songs “Poles Apart” and “Lost for Words” as mentions to the age-old hostility between former band-mate Roger Waters and Pink Floyd, even though Gilmour has made it very clear that that is not the case. The album is so complex that Gilmour got permission to use an add that had Steven Hawking’s voice appeared in for the song “Keep Talking”.

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell

I have been listening to Pink Floyd since I was just a tiny infant, and I still do. It’s something that my dad passed onto me unintentionally, but being the music lover that I am I could never stop listening to Pink Floyd. The way that David Gilmour plays his guitar or harmonica or voice box, is incredible to me. The band as a whole has written about so many different themes that almost anyone can relate to  omething that the band has written.

As I said before, I can sing every guitar solo and lyric on every album. That’s not weird, that’s epic winning because it Pink Floyd and they are awesome! They are truly one of the best rock bands of all time. I think that they are up there with The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, but that’s just my opinion. If you don’t like Pink Floyd then don’t listen to them, simple as that.

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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Mary, Uncategorized


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