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As a matter of fact it’s all dark

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There are certain albums that have become legendary and (quite possibly) changed the course of music history. The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is clearly one, but so is Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon which celebrates the 40th anniversary of its release in the UK today. I well remember buying this album in vinyl with its iconic gatefold sleeve, which I poured over as I listened to this amazing music for the first time, wondering what a EMS VCS 3 was! Nothing like this had been heard before.

Often referred to as DSOTM, it’s the ultimate concept album; moving (through its roughly 43 minutes) from birth to death, describing the human condition. It still speaks to us today, and I expect people will be listening to this album long into the future. Life, time, fear, madness, money, war, suffering, solitude, withdrawal, selfishness, relationships, breakdowns, fame, politics and (ultimately) death. Yet this merely touches the surface of what Pink Floyd manage to squeeze into this magnificent work. The themes are bleak and dark, yet the album is positive in the sense that it’s asking the listener to explore what it means to be human, to embrace our common humanity.

Notes: The image used in this post can be found here. I expanded this post for a devotional thought here.

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  1. Hi John, I noticed a small mistake in your quote from the song, Eclipse. The quote actually is “There’s no dark side in the moon, really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.” Note it says, “dark side ‘in’ the moon” and not “dark side ‘of’ the moon” and also he doesn’t say “As a matter of fact it’s all dark.” but actually says “Matter of fact it’s all dark.”. Small things but just thought I’d point it out as it’s a very common mistake made.

    Anyway I enjoyed reading it. DSOTM has always been my favourite album of all time and I’m sure always will be.

    Regards,

    James

    James

    April 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    • PS. I had actually tweeted the quote about 20 minutes before i seen you webpage, uncanny huh? Well I did add #DSOTM and then seen your reply to someone, so maybe not too uncanny lol. I followed you on twitter @James_Andrews

      James

      April 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    • Thanks James. Small things like that are important, and thanks for pointing it out. It was actually a case of artistic licence in my choice of title. Best wishes, John.

      John Ager

      April 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm


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