The Wall

The first time I saw Roger Waters, The Wall (the movie) was on a boarding school field trip in 1983. I was fourteen or so at the time. I remember liking the move, but not understanding it. On Tuesday Fred scored some tickets to Roger playing in San Jose. I havent listend to Roger or Pink Floyd in some years. I did not have any of Roger’s music in my collection, but I did have The Wall dvd. This week I watched it four times before the concert. The dvd has a lyrics display option which helped in understanding the movie and music.

I started playing the drums about three years ago. I mostly practice to BPM tracts, but for kicks I played along with the Wall to see how it felt. I was surprised at the slow, but powerful tempo. Whenever I wanted to hit the snare I had to wait an extra beat. That was my surprise. I can see how this effect makes the music feel much deeper. It’s hard to play slow.

I enjoyed watching the movie again. I think I understand it this time. Perhaps I just needed to grow older to appreciate Pink’s situation, contemplation and ultimate breakthrough resolution. Years ago I started a software project that grew beyond my imagination. The early joys were deadened by unyielding stress, changing relationships and fatigue. I too started to question the meaning of my efforts like Pink.

My favorite lyric, “when they have given you their all, some stagger and fall, after all, it’s not easy”

-john

The Wall

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