My lovely and talented friend Sarah (see day 1 for link) started this challenge.
I am going to do this the way Sarah did – a song every day and with a few lines about why I like each artist and song, and why it is significant for me. I am as much about the music as the words by the way, so I have to like both if I include a song.
Please feel free to join in this challenge with your own lists!
‘Comfortably Numb’ by Pink Floyd
I wasn’t a Floyd fan at the time. I was too young really. By the time they broke up for good in the mid 1990s I was still only vaguely aware of their material. In fact I was more aware of their earlier singles such as ‘See Emily Play’ and ‘Arnold Layne’ due to my interest in 60s psychedelic music .
Then when I started to learn guitar it coincided with their final live performance at the Live 8 benefit concert in 2005. I watched it and was stunned by both this song and ‘Wish You Were Here’. These are now my two favourite Pink Floyd songs.
Their final full shows at London’s Earl’s Court in 1994 were recorded for posterity in very high quality and a performance was released a few years ago as the movie ‘Pulse’. Thankfully this features what is regarded as their finest performance of ‘Comfortably Numb’ and it astounds me whenever I watch it (the DVD played using surround-sound is an experience). I marvel at David Gilmour’s guitar solo. This performance is luckily on Youtube also: