This is my first time participating in the #WeekendMusicShare. This awesome idea comes via Hughsviewsandnews.
Each week, Hugh has been sharing a favourite piece of music, something that he has been listening to or has inspired him in some way.
I listen to a lot of music and don’t honestly know why I haven’t participated before. I shall remedy the from this point forward!
For my first ever entry, I would like to offer you something that I have been listening to A LOT recently. Some of you may look at me and say ‘What have you been doing with your life?’ when I say that I have just discovered ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ by Pink Floyd, and one of my favourite tracks on that album, is ‘Time.’
If, like me, you’ve been under a stone since the 70s, have a listen first, then I’ll tell you my story:
Okay, so at the beginning of 2019 I had decided that I was going to turn one of my short stories into a comic. But in order to do that, I would first need to learn how to draw(!), so to that end, I purchased some art supplies and sat down at my table at home one January evening and began drawing.
I think my wife had some hospital program on the TV at the time – she does like watching other people’s injuries – and some of it sounded a bit grisly. Now, although I write horror, I don’t want to listen to real-life tales of suffering, so I figured I would pop my headphones on and listen to something on YouTube. I had been listening to a lot of news, either about Brexit here in the UK, or the continuing adventures of Donald Trump over in the USA. Both of these topics can get me quite worked up, so I thought that I should listen to something relaxing; something I could neither argue with or sing along to.
Occasionally I watch ‘reaction’ videos on YouTube: people react to Freddie Mercury singing for the first, or some hard core rap artist watching opera for the first time. Usually quite amusing to see their reactions, but I am often left wondering how much of that reaction was put on?
So I had previously seen a couple of people reacting to Pink Floyd, so I thought I would find an album and listen to that whilst drawing, and I was lucky enough to find a whole album that had been uploaded to YouTube without any adverts. That album happened to be The Dark Side Of The Moon.
I couldn’t sing along, because I’d never heard it before, but I listened to the album all the way through once. Then again. Then again. Then, since January, it has easily become my most listened to album. If I said I listened to it all the way through an average of once a day (while drawing or writing), I might be underestimating it.
I have become my own reaction video! I have not ventured out much farther than The Dark Side Of The Moon yet, but I will. I know Pink Floyd has a huge following, and some of you that have been listening for years will say ‘what took you so long?’ Well I’m here now.
I can’t tell you much about the song, other than it was made in 1973, because I don’t know enough about the band yet.
I’d like to say I’ll have a different song for next weekend, but I’ve got a feeling it may be off the same album…
Big thanks to Hugh for getting me on to this feature!