This is where I started this whole thing; the first couple of Floyd posts are me finding my feet and a structure which might work, the later ones are perhaps a little link-heavy, but on the whole I think it’s a reasonable introduction. As with so many of these, they are designed to be read while, or just after, listening to the album. As they were originally written in the context of a wider discussion, I didn’t add links to the music itself. Perhaps I’ll go back and do that later.
As long as I’ve been writing, I’ve been writing about music. Most of it was never intended for public consumption, but in the last couple of years I have been sounding off on various topics dear to my heart on a closed forum which I’m not going to identify here, mainly because it’s closed, but also because it’s not really relevant.
I am among the less youthful members of the forum, so I tend to approach everything from the starting point of “here’s something you might not know”. And if I can write about 1978 in the course of it, so much the better.
As a rule, my readers have been very complimentary, so I figured why not expose my ramblings to the wider world, by which I mean the half-dozen or so people who might accidentally stop by here.
These posts fall into a couple of broad types: a survey of an artist’s entire album catalogue (I’ve covered Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin in detail; the Rolling Stones in much less detail); or a single post devoted to a single isolated album or an artist’s entire career – some of those have sprawled over two or more posts as time and energy permitted.
There’s no particular structure to any of this; it’s a record of my side of what are often multi-faceted and sprawling conversations. I’m editing the posts as they go in to remove any identifying marks, or to remove replies to other posts (I’ve also trimmed most of them of the score out of 10 I gave the album, as it’s not really relevant to this format). They’re here, I suppose, to preserve them for posterity, and perhaps to remind myself as I get older what it was I used to think about the Yellow Submarine soundtrack or whatever, back when I still had the facility to make cogent arguments about music…
Anyway, these are my thoughts on music; I don’t expect anyone to agree particularly.