For those of you who did not see it yet, Syd Barrett died a couple of days ago. The news was not released until today. He was 60.
For those of us who prefer the older Floyd, today is a very sad day. Syd was an absolute genius, period. In my mind, he created a brand of music. He was fearless. He was a poet. He was so far ahead of his time. He was in a category all by himself within the rock world in 1967. Other musicians just wondered about him. Simply stated, he was the piper...
Don't take my word for it. Ask the remaining members of Pink Floyd. He was their idol. He was their leader. Dave Gilmour played bass on Syd's solo stuff just for the oppotunity to work with him. He was the Crazy Diamond.
Syd made it ok, cool in fact, to be a dreamer for me growing up. He made the forest greener, the stream whiter, the sky bluer and the sun redder. He convinced me to "discover" this big old planet. His guiter riffs and backwards lyrics are so original, they can't even be copied.
I am sure the band will do something special. It is very ironic that less than a year ago, the first unplugged show was dropped at BB's. The show was clearly a tribute to Syd's music (with Floyd and solo). The man was 60, and this band in the USA, with it's roots in little ole' Rockland County, was paying homage to him on stage at BB's. Wow.
Certainly the popularity of Astronomy Domine at Machine shows has grown 3-fold since I've been seeing them (and that is a long time). I hope this continues so you younger fans can really understand how prolific Syd was.
Sorry for the rambling, but today is just a flood of memories now. I think I'll take the rest of the day off, get my walkman (for those of you who don't know, the walkman came before the Ipod), and maybe go for stroll.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond...