Pink Floyd is on stage right now in London (the first time since 1981 as a full band, including Roger Waters.) I love Pink Floyd. I once listened to Dark Side of the Moon for an entire semester during college (I had an early CD player – I started it at the beginning of the semester, pressed the repeat button, and pressed stop at the end of the semester. Yes – I occasionally turned the volume down to sleep at night.) I have fond memories of my mom yelling “turn down that shit” when I was home from college visiting for the summer blasting The Wall.
They started with “Breathe In The Air“, then “Money“, then “Wish You Were Here”, and finished with “Comfortably Numb.” Man, these dudes look old (except for David Gillmour), but boy can they sing and play their instruments.
Seeing a teenager in the crowd wearing a Dark Side of the Moon prism t-shirt made me smile. I wonder if he can sing the following lyrics backwards like I can.
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
running over the same old ground. What have we found?
The same old fears, wish you were here.
When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse,
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child is grown, the dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.
Go sign the Live8 online message to the leaders at the upcoming G-8 Summit.
To: The 8 most powerful leaders in the world
50,000 people are dying, needlessly, every day of extreme poverty.
At this year’s G8 summit meeting, it is within your power to put an end to this tragedy. It is an extraordinary opportunity which it would be shameful to ignore. We urge you to take these 3 steps to make extreme poverty history…
- double the aid sent to the world’s poorest countries,
- fully cancel their debts,
- change the trade laws so that they can build their own future.