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When holySmith! talks about music, he is really looking for an excuse to talk about Pink Floyd. . .but first, some Amazon advertising (scroll down a bit to keep reading):

Pink Floyd is my favourite band, hands down, no contest, thank you and goodnight. I have learned over the years to appreciate Pink Floyd on many new and deeper levels because they are not a pop band, yet they are quite possibly the most popular band across the globe. You generally don’t play Floyd music at parties, but everyone knows the music at some level or another. To be a Floyd fan is to experience the music on a deep and personal level. Once it hits, you know it. You really get it when you get to see a Pink Floyd (or Roger Waters or David Gilmour) show and find that so many others also get it the way you get it.

When you truly get hooked, you get hooked big time. They are like sonic heroine in that respect because you can listen to their music over and over and over and over and over and never get sick of it. I can honestly say that three days is probably the longest stretch of time that I have gone withouth Floyd music of some kind since about 1992.

I think one of the most admirable qualities of Pink Floyd is that they are one of the ONLY classic rock bands who have never really sold out. Zeppelin songs are associated with Cadillacs. The Stones and Beatles have been bastardized for tons of different commercials. Even the Doors of all bands sold out eventually. But not the Floyd. And they don’t need to. They don’t need the money, and that is also why they will never tour again as a band. They made good decisions once all the drama was ironed out and they all live well now. They even took good care to make sure that Syd got his cut from the time he went nuts until the day he died.

They survived the breakups and they all get along again these days. They understand that time healed the old wounds, but they are smart enough not to want to re-open those old wounds by trying to work together again on anything major. The band have said time and time again for the past few years that despite tours by Roger and David, they had no desire (mainly David) to operate as Pink Floyd again with the possible exception of another Live 8-type one-off show for a worthwhile major cause. I believe that Roger and David are too set in their respective ways to ever have to try to work together again. That was the major issue before, and I think they both realize it’s not worth the fight again. They accept that and I think everyone else should, too.

I can definitely see them playing live together again in some one-off major event should one come along in the future, but other than that, I don’t see any of them doing much in the years to come (not as Pink Floyd, that is).

Honestly, I could go on for days about Pink Floyd, but I have a sizeable music collection that includes other acts as well. Some of my favorites growing up have been Van Halen, U2, Guns N Roses, Metallica, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Zeppelin, The Doors, The Who, and many others in the rock category. I am predominatly a rocker at heart, but my music collection has an open door which has let in quite a variety.

While I am not a big fan of gangsta rap, I do like rap that is entertaining. Run DMC, Sir Mix-a-Lot, the Fat Boys, Snoop Dogg, NWA, and 2Live Crew come to mind. From rap to R&B, my collection jumps into movie soundtracks, led by the king of all film scores – John Williams. Star Wars is impossible without John Williams. Close Encounters, Indiana Jones, Superman, Jaws, need I go on? I also love Vangelis (Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire, etc). Very ethereal, ambient, but powerful. Other film soundtracks I love include Braveheart, The Hunt for Red October, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, and others. I am a sucker for the epic.

While I work, I have always enjoyed electronic music, from simple ambient music to all types of house, drum and bass, and more. Most of that I get from Internet streams, so it’s hard for me to keep up on the artist names. I also listen to a lot of different instrumental music, from the classical/movie soundtracks to pianists, guitarists – anything to work to that isn’t too distracting.

I am not a huge country fan, but I like country music the way I like rap music – if it is fun or funny, I can appreciate it. If it is way too serious or the artist takes him or herself too seriously, then forget it. I used to be more exposed to country music (through various friends) than I am now, but I liked Garth Brooks back in the day. Not much country in my collection these days.

Other than that, I like to give new music a chance. As I get older, I don’t spend too much time following newer bands and admitedly, many of the start to sound too much alike when you stop keeping track of all of them. Now I understand how older people thought of bands back in the 80s or 90s – if you’ve seen one hair band or grunge band, you’ve seen them all.

Ultimately, I use music to fit my mood, to work to, or to help me alleviate stress. If the music is moving and taps the right nerve, it gets a place in my collection. If not, at least I can say I gave it a try. Sometimes it takes a while for new music, even from bands I love, to sink in with me. U2’s Zooropa album was that way for me. The more I heard it, the more I grew to love it. I can say the same for Roger Waters’ solo albums as well as David Gilmour’s. Ultimately, Pink Floyd music has had the biggest, most lasting effects of any music on me.

(More to come eventually).