Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Pink Floyd: The Wall

I spent a lot of time with a pair of headphones strapped to my head in 1979, obsessively listening to The Wall, Pink Floyd’s double album opus of alienation and isolation.

Roger Waters wrote most of the songs and Bob Ezrin produced and helped shape the material.

The Wall went on to become one of the best selling albums of all time and spawned a movie and multiple tour versions.

I hesitate to single out any songs as favorites, because I used to listen to all four sides of the vinyl in sequence on a regular basis, but as a guitar player I must say that David Gilmour did some incredible work on Comfortably Numb, Young Lust, and Hey You. Waters and Ezrin filled up the space with grand orchestrations and lots of interesting sound bites (like televisions playing in the background of several tracks).

The feeling of paranoia pervades much of the material, with the character of Pink slowly losing his grip on reality, building his own personal wall to sever his ties with the outside world.

I was just shy of 18 years old when The Wall was released, and it felt like it was made just for me.

I’m quite sure there are millions who share this same thought and Pink Floyd will be celebrated for decades to come.

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