Upload & Sell: On
When was the last time you tried listening Curtis? Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is a towering masterpiece of almost unquantifiable quality. No where else has anyone put down to music the feelings of life, death, and the stresses of one trying to make sense of their tiny life in the grand scheme of the world. Side one of that album, from the first heart beat of "Breathe" (a life is born), all through the end to death in "The Great Gig in the Sky", is an astonishing creative achievement. Absolutely unparalleled.
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You haven't been around long enough Tom to know that I've done volunteer work for the last 15 years with folks approaching the end of their lives. I'm the volunteer Intake Coordinator for the Living/Dying Project and have shared the journey of many who eventually died. I'm currently working with a fifty year old woman with a nine year old son in the end stage of ALS. I don't need to listen to lyrics of any song on the subject of life's meaning. I explore that subject each week with a person whose journey has been much like yours, though without the relief you appear to have found. She will leave her son and die, likely within the next year.
As Samy's comment suggests, the meaning we find in music changes much as our lives change. I've never liked Bach, but I'm mesmerized by his Cello Sonatas which have been playing on the CD in my car for about four months... without stop. Clearly, I didn't meet Pink Floyd when that music might have spoken to me. Now, it holds no interest for me. I'd much prefer a Tchaikovsky violin concerto or a Beethoven string quartet. I also love Alison Krause and the Union Station... lest anyone believe I'm a snob about such things. I love the Dixie Chicks and Tom Wait and a delicious young woman named Ingrid Michaelson who sells her records independently.
I have deep respect for each of us as we find the support we need during our lives, whether that comes from a tab of acid, music that speaks to our soul or a zafu and a day in a zendo. Different strokes. But to Jose's comment about desert island music, for me it would be Beethoven's string quartets.