Another Brick-Why I chose this name

71Okj3gDOxL._SL1473_Its been some time since my last post due to moving back in to school and getting back into the swing of things. Tonight, my post is going to be a little different than my usual posts. I thought that I would describe my blog name and why I chose this name. Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands; in my top three bands of all time to be exact. The Wall and Dark Side are also in my top ten favorite albums of all time. I have actually posted about Pink Floyd before, so if you are looking for more info on them, scroll down on my home page. As I have also mentioned before in my posts, I read into lyrics and read between the lines, really listening to what the words are saying. I chose to call my blog name “Another Brick in the Wall” because of the album The Wall and “Another Brick in The Wall(Part 1)”, “Another Brick in the Wall(Part 2)”, and “Another Brick in The Wall(Part 3)”. The “Another Brick” songs are all iconic, however the one that most people recognize is part 2. Part 2 tells the story of Waters who had issues with the school system and institutions that belittle and make people seem small; “As I thought about the idea, the wall became a metaphor for some of the mechanisms people and institutions use to keep the rest of us under their control and dictate how our lives should be led..”(Wall Street Journal). Not only was The Wall album a  metaphor about institutions that try to make people smaller but Rogers also says that it was the “start of an attempt to come out from behind my defenses and declare my vulnerability and acceptance of others. I have this huge desire to nail my colors to the mast of something that isn’t about confrontation but about cooperation” (Wall Street Journal). It is for this reason that The Wall and the “Another Brick” songs speak to me. It is not okay to make people small, for everyone is equal and in the world we live in today, we are becoming more understanding of one another and the current generations, including my own, have become much more accepting. I interpret “Another Brick in the Wall” by recognizing that, yes, we are all bricks in a wall, but we are special and talented in our own unique ways and the only way a wall can stay up, is if the bricks are strong and work together. We as humans must all work together for the world to go round and we must be understanding, cooperative, and strong. The entire all album tells a story featuring two discs (four sides in all). “Comfortably Numb” is another one of my all-time favorite songs and very much keeps the theme of the album going. In the end, I chose this name to say that I am another brick in the wall, but how I work with the other “bricks” and go along with my life will be what keeps the wall up and keeps everyone working together. We should all be understanding, caring, and appreciative of one another, because after all, we are all bricks in the wall. 

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Resources: http://www.wsj.com/articles/roger-waters-on-another-brick-in-the-wall-1442855084

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Pink Floyd

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“I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon”…These lyrics come from one of my favorite classic rock bands of all time-Pink Floyd. Although I was born in the 90’s and was not around for the height of classic rock bands, I have learned about the history of rock music and have listened to more bands than I can name. That being said, I rank Pink Floyd as one of my all time favorites. Pink Floyd, which was composed of David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason, were an instrumental part of the creation of the psychedelic rock music era. Pink Floyd was not looking for commercial fame, rather they were simply experimenting with sound. They did not expect their music to go far and gain radio success, however, they did. Pink Floyd was a concept band, meaning their albums had a theme. My personal favorite is Dark Side of the Moon, which was released in 1973. This album is by far one of my favorite albums of all time. The concept of this album is madness and this theme can be heard throughout the entire album, especially in songs like “Brain Damage” and  “Eclipse”. This album tells a story  (in a way) because each song leads into another. The psychedelic music era was spawned by various different artists such as The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and the Byrds, which all rank as some of my favorite classic rock bands. Psychedelic rock is one of my favorite sub-genres that branched off of rock and it is still relevant today. Today there are neo-psychedelic bands such as Tame Impala and Temples which have carried on those psychedelic roots and have created a modern twist. I feel that Pink Floyd captures the essence of psychedelic rock. They are also inspiring because they were not looking for fame and success. Instead, they were experimenting with sound for the sake of music, and that is what music should be about-enjoyment and creation over fame and fortune. Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall (’79)are my favorite albums by Pink Floyd and I have both of these albums on vinyl. There is nothing like listening to “Comfortably Numb” from The Wall or “Money” from Dark Side on vinyl. For people who may not know much on Pink Floyd, I suggest sampling some songs on Dark Side.