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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

WHY THE WALL

It’s November 30th, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release (in the UK) of Pink Floyd’s opus, ‘The Wall’. Chris and I tried very hard to bring our production of this classic record to an end by this date, and we did, sort of. The music is done, but now we have to work on packaging. This is very important seeing as how we can’t sell it anyway, which brings up the point of this blog; why? Why did we do this. Why did we spend fourteen months covering twenty-eight songs? Why in God’s name would we embark on such a crazy endeavor? There certainly is no profit motive. Was it because we love the record? No, we do love it, but it’s not our favorite Floyd record (Animals), or the best (Dark Side). It is the longest, and that’s closer to the point. Let’s go back in time to October 2003. At that time we had already covered ‘Mother’ for an off Broadway production of ‘Hurly Burly’, and ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ for shits and giggles. Chris and I have both always loved the movie version of ‘Empty Spaces’, which includes a second part called ‘What Should We Do Now’ and as we began recording that number, I remember Chris walking back into the control room and saying: “That’s it, we gotta do the whole record now”. And so we did. Not out of love, not out of respect, but for the oldest reason there is, because it was there. It was our Everest. The biggest dare we could dare ourselves; to do our version of this massive piece of work, and to include all the songs (Bricks if you will) from both the movie, and the record. I knew two things going in: one, that it would be a highly valuable educational experience, and two, that come hell or high water (a bit of both) we would see it through to the end. I am very pleased with the results. I will steer clear of such stupidity in the future, but I’m overjoyed with our Wall, ‘All The Bricks’. It will be ready before the holidays, so if you are interested, let me know. We can’t sell it, but we’re happy to give it away.

Comments:
i'd like a copy. i imagine Rod would too. and Josh might dig it as well.

fred
 
I suppose it will make a great stocking stuffer.
 
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