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« Reply #75 on: May 06, 2019, 05:54:04 AM »

This is what my young friend has to say about this song in her piece on Syd Barrett (see second link in my signature):

"I consider 'See Emily Play' was to England what 'White Rabbit' was to America in 1967. That is to say, a compact, groundbreaking single which toed the line between being mind-blowing yet still accessible for a wide audience. These two were the tracks that served to introduce people into more avant garde psychedelic rock."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R8EpAv4miA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See_Emily_Play
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« Reply #76 on: May 12, 2019, 08:50:31 PM »

Hi JK, sorry this response is so late in coming.

For me, the saddest Pink Floyd song of all is "Cirrus Minor".  

Oh my, yes. How could I have forgotten "More"? I remember buying it as a teenager and shedding tears when I heard this track and "Crying Song." "Cirrus Minor" seems so strange to me because it starts with nearly a minute's worth of happy, bright sounds of birds singing, only to give way to vocals and organ in a minor key, making the song sound sorrowful. The first word that came to mind upon listening to it again just now was 'dirge'. Interestingly, the lyrics themselves don't seem to contain any subject matter that would be cause for this sad feeling--they are neutral, simply describing the writer's surroundings--a churchyard, grass, a yellow bird, a weeping willow in water, the sun, moonlight. Then, towards the end of the song, the organ gets even more despairing, as you mentioned, with the wailing sound, but then at the very end that fades out and we are left with birds chirping again. Brilliant.

Your feeling about it being a cry about Syd is an interesting interpretation I had never considered before, but it fits, doesn't it? Though, I wonder what was going on in the movie "More" when this song played...I have never seen the film and don't know much about it.

Yeah, most of Waters' stuff is depressing. But it's so compelling I can't stop listening to it.


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« Reply #77 on: May 13, 2019, 09:48:33 AM »

Hi JK, sorry this response is so late in coming.

For me, the saddest Pink Floyd song of all is "Cirrus Minor".  

Oh my, yes. How could I have forgotten "More"? I remember buying it as a teenager and shedding tears when I heard this track and "Crying Song." "Cirrus Minor" seems so strange to me because it starts with nearly a minute's worth of happy, bright sounds of birds singing, only to give way to vocals and organ in a minor key, making the song sound sorrowful. The first word that came to mind upon listening to it again just now was 'dirge'. Interestingly, the lyrics themselves don't seem to contain any subject matter that would be cause for this sad feeling--they are neutral, simply describing the writer's surroundings--a churchyard, grass, a yellow bird, a weeping willow in water, the sun, moonlight. Then, towards the end of the song, the organ gets even more despairing, as you mentioned, with the wailing sound, but then at the very end that fades out and we are left with birds chirping again. Brilliant.

Your feeling about it being a cry about Syd is an interesting interpretation I had never considered before, but it fits, doesn't it? Though, I wonder what was going on in the movie "More" when this song played...I have never seen the film and don't know much about it.

Yeah, most of Waters' stuff is depressing. But it's so compelling I can't stop listening to it.

No apology necessary, bc. I'd forgotten the birds at the end! Like life goes on regardless, or something.

I get the impression the film sequence would spoil the magical images this piece conjures up for the listener so we're best off without it.  Smokin

I'm afraid Waters' finest hour in my book is "Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk" from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxzOpUE8dzg   
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« Reply #78 on: May 14, 2019, 01:16:04 AM »

I get the impression the film sequence would spoil the magical images this piece conjures up for the listener so we're best off without it.  Smokin
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I've seen it. The music deserves far better. Leave well alone! Shocked
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« Reply #79 on: May 19, 2019, 05:30:06 PM »

If anybody here has never seen Dark Side of the Rainbow, you need to click on this link and watch it now. You will never listen to Dark Side of the Moon the same again:
https://vimeo.com/163408854

Might want to have a beer or two first.
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« Reply #80 on: May 20, 2019, 02:38:39 AM »

If anybody here has never seen Dark Side of the Rainbow, you need to click on this link and watch it now. You will never listen to Dark Side of the Moon the same again:

Ah. Now that's what I did with "Cirrus Minor" and the accompanying film footage. I think my original mental images of that song have survived intact because the music is so strong and the film is so forgettable. But I'm not taking any chances now. Grin

On this subject, here are six tryouts of The American Metropolitan Circus, Lang's Metropolis synchronized with the self-titled 1968 album by The United States of America:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChFhIz948EdMaVCbftisLNQ

I was lucky enough to watch a big chunk of the completed version before YouTube removed it. The thing is, unlike TDSOTM I had no strong mental picture of the USA album at the time. Wink 
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« Reply #81 on: May 20, 2019, 03:19:20 PM »

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Hey thanks for the link, I gotta watch it.
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« Reply #82 on: May 24, 2019, 07:52:52 PM »



On this subject, here are six tryouts of The American Metropolitan Circus, Lang's Metropolis synchronized with the self-titled 1968 album by The United States of America:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChFhIz948EdMaVCbftisLNQ



This is fantastic, thanks! I've watched Metropolis thrice with different soundtracks each time, but this one is my new favorite...
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« Reply #83 on: May 25, 2019, 01:29:46 AM »

This is fantastic, thanks! I've watched Metropolis thrice with different soundtracks each time, but this one is my new favorite...

Glad to oblige, bc. This is the uploader's description of the original version:

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,23322.msg557104.html#msg557104

That's one super-creative and astonishingly prolific individual (not least in the alias department--the last post in that topic is another!). She'll be so pleased you like it.  Smiley
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« Reply #84 on: May 28, 2019, 02:15:01 AM »

Listened to "See Emily Play" twice with good stereo system - nope, still terribly boring as ever, what people find great about it? It's very nothing special, I could write the essay about it. 3D
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