A founding member of Pink Floyd, Richard Wright, died Monday. He was 65.
Wright was a keyboardist and was along with former school friends Roger Waters and Nick Mason, a founding member of Pink Floyd. He was a self-taught keyboardist and pianist. He met fellow band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason while at architecture school. He was a founder member of The Pink Floyd Sound in 1965, and the group’s previous incarnations, such as Sigma 6.
I have listened to music of Pink Floyd for almost as long as they have been around. Like many people, I can tell you where I was, what I was doing and what was going on in the world while I listened to specific Pink Floyd tunes. Music evolves with us as we go through life. It is always there to see us through events and tribulations.
Like everything else that breathes, rock icons do age.
Steven Tyler was born in 1948, which makes him an incredible 60 year old! I can tell you where I was when I first listened to my brand new ‘Toy in the Attic’ album, that’s the vinyl album.
Mick Jagger was born in 1943. That makes him five years older than Tyler, 65! I remember listening to ‘Sucking in the 70’s’ like it was yesterday. And how many wives and girl friends of Jagger have we lived through over the years? I guess that time is on his side.
It’s nice to know that no matter what happens in the world, and how many world events we face, some things stay the same. Rockers never seem to visibly age and their music is always going to be listened to. Listening to their music is like going back to the comfort and innocence of your childhood home. For approximately 2:48 minutes, while you listen to a track, your are in a safe place once again.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour paid tribute to Wright on Monday, saying his input was often forgotten.
“He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound,” he said. “I have never played with anyone quite like him.”
There is indeed a dark side of the moon.