Giant pig in the sky

I’m talking to you about 1996-1997, the early days of the Internet for the general public. World Wide Web Announced a great discovery: the album The dark side of the moon Synced to film by Pink Floyd The Wizard of OzServed as a soundtrack, in a way…


True, right?

My friend Jean-Michel Gauthier and I watched it several times The Wizard of Oz By synching the movie The dark side of the moonAnd yes By JoveThe coincidences between the action in the film and the rhythm of the album are stunning…

But the guys from Pink Floyd have always refused to harmonize their best album The Wizard of OzTo make a subliminal sound recording1. Urban legend, therefore. No big deal, we believed.

All that to say I went to see the exhibition their mortal remains, about the life and work of Pink Floyd. My entire visit to Arsenal left me feeling colder than the nostalgia trip I took in my youth, from seeing so many great artefacts attached to the band.

To be clear: Pink Floyd was already an “old” band when I was 17-18, a band when my parents were young. Like my parents, Pink Floyd had long since broken up when it came out in my teenage years; Like my parents, Roger Waters and David Gilmore had an acrimonious divorce.

In the basement of my friend Martin Thibault’s parents’ house in Saint-Rose, we listened to Pink Floyd albums. He told me – and I’m pretty sure it’s an urban legend – that Pink Floyd floated giant pigs into the Olympic stadium. band Was in Montreal, a long time ago…

In any case, whether it’s true or not, the thing about giant pigs is that Pink Floyd’s guys wrote some songs while they were frozen, and it’s certain that they must have imagined it. In a synchronized way, these giant pigs.

I was inspired by Pink Floyd’s soaring music, but I was mostly mesmerized by the lyrics. I was coming out of adolescence, life worried me, scared me, I was in a state of uncertainty, searching for a meaning in life, in my life.

The first Pink Floyd song that lifted me up Learning to flyHyper-rhythmic, on A momentary delay of reason. But it is with TimeOn that day The dark side of the moonA song about the time I fell for lyrics by Pink Floyd.

You run, you run to catch the sun but it’s sinking
Running to get behind you again
Relatively the sun is the same but you are old
Suffocation and one day death approaches

Translated into French – You suffocate and death approaches -, this sentence loses its musicality, its poetic density. To this day I don’t know if that was an objectively correct sentence or the correct sentence for the depressed teenager that I was. I knew she was mesmerized, and I guessed this: Soon, life passes quickly.

I remember the first time I saw the photo that graced the album Wish you were here, I’m Disturbed: Two men shake hands, one of whom is on fire. It was like the guy on fire coming back from the end of the world. We learn in the exhibit that the photographer only had time to take a few shots before a gust of wind blew the stuntman’s face.

Photo by Marco Campanosi, Press Archives

Exhibition their mortal remainsAt Arsenal

I wish you were here, let’s talk about it. It’s a perfect song about life’s dilemmas, the choices we make. In compromises, we give. There is no redundant line in this wonderful song.

Did they make you trade?
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ash for trees?
Hot air to cold air?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange it?
A part of the war
For a starring role in a cage?

Last question – Have you traded an extra role in a battle… for a lead role in the cage? — It is a perfect and well-written picture, by which, after writing such a line, you may die: your Work Produced on earth, it is in varieties I am the sea / Who wants to touch your feetIn do you love meRichard Desjardins…

die? My friend Jean-Michel, whom I mentioned above, died before finishing his work Work To become the best journalist on earth, namely in Quebec. He died in a car accident in 2002, I quote I wish you were here When I spoke at his funeral, in the church, Hull: How I wish, I wish you were herefriend…

(If you are reading this paragraph, J — If you listen to this whisper, you will dieAs we ask at the beginning The Great Kick in the SkyOn that day [notre] The dark side of the moon…)

This week, when the heir came home, I gave him a brief hug like you do when you’re a teenager. He was of an age when I was still searching for the meaning of life in lyrics. Him, Rob makes him trip. I suspect he cares about the lyrics too. I suspect he is looking for meaning in life. Don’t laugh, there is very good rap, and every era has its own poetry.

But I digress. When I arrived at the Pink Floyd Expo, after paying for my ticket – $50, not cheap, but FansIt didn’t steal — what was the first thing I saw at this exhibition? their mortal remainsAt Arsenal?

Christy, yes, the famous giant pig! It was floating, close to the ceiling.

I took a photo of the pink pig and sent it to Martin Thibault, without comment. I looked at the photo and I thought: we are talking about this mythical pig, Martin and I, there, what …

Fuk32 years ago.

Suffocation, one day death approaches.

1.” The dark side of the rainbow, The Dark Side of Oz Or Floyd’s Wizard Similar expressions refer to the association of the album The dark side of the moon Pink Floyd and Film The Wizard of Oz Published in 1939. At times the album seems in sync with the film, suggesting that it may have been composed for this purpose. Members of Pink Floyd deny any syncretism…”

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