I wonder how much more doom and gloom news it will take before the country of America decides to start a revolt. Until then I’m getting the impression that people a happily content to sit in front of a TV and soak in mindless entertainment – with the occasional great show here and there. Then there’s the time spent droning through traffic and sitting in front of a computer in a cubicle for 8 hours a day as well. How comfortable is that?
Tornados, snow, and flash floods. The west experienced some strange things yesterday in terms of mother nature. Los Angeles and nearby areas got smacked by a hard core rain that was not predicted. Riverside was under tornado watch – what?!? Utah experienced snow. Oh and Colorado got hit by a tornado.
While I was at a recording session we had three power clips. Meaning the power shut off and back on. Unfortunately for the studio we were at their battery backup setup couldn’t handle the surges and shut the computers down each time. That makes for a trying session. The good thing is, at the end of it all – we got good drum tracks. So I can’t complain.
I remember a little stint I had residing in Colorado. I had done a voicemail message that contained the music to Comfortably Numb. I recorded it and changed the words to say I wasn’t available. It was fun, but it was long. I’m sure it didn’t make people happy to sit through it to leave me a message. Oh well. I enjoyed it.
Speaking of being numb, holed up, fearing the world… The ultimate experience of all that is The Wall by Pink Floyd. If there is one band that seems to resonate with peoples bizarre psyches it’s Pink Floyd. I know that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about a concept album of my own. I have a title, I have a whole lot of it mapped out. But every time I visit it, I end up thinking it needs reworking. I’m not gonna lie, it does. Eventually in another year or two I will finally get it all honed down and hopefully as classic as something like The Wall.
If you’re one of the very few people on the planet who has not experienced something like The Wall, you really need to get to the local Blockbuster or open your Netflix account and pull up a rental of it. It will certainly take you on a ride that will alter your perception of the world.
I’m pretty sure that people would argue about what has been the ultimate concept release of all time. Would it be Tommy by the Who, or Operation: Mindcrime by Queensryche or maybe something else? However, I really don’t think anyone can top The Wall. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride all the way through and so seemingly well thought out. I have no idea how long they spent on the writing of it. I don’t know how long they spent in the studio recording it. I do know that it’s absolutely awesome to sit in a dark room listening to.
This album in surround sound would kick major ass. I’m sure it’s gotta be available, I just haven’t gone to get that yet. I should.
My concept work is geared for surround sound. That’s also part of why I’m reworking things all the time. Eventually I’ll have to sit down and solidify it. Until then I will continue to take cues for the concept album idea from The Wall!
I can’t believe you don’t own this song – or maybe you do. If not, don’t pass go until you go get it now.
p.s. – no it wasn’t intentional to have two artists two days in a row with Pink in their name.