- Your Voice
Side two begins with the "ching" of a cash register. In an almost robotic form, money is taken and dispensed into the register repeatedly creating an interesting beginning to the second half of "The Darkside of the Moon." The track "Money," (the other single off of the record other than "Time") introduces the listener into the working world. For us in the west, the accumulation and distribution of currency is a key element of survival. Have enough and you're okay, have too little and life could get very challenging for you. We as humans have adapted to this form of accumulation to the point of having adverse effects towards the well-being of society. The fact is that often times the desire to obtain money takes over the individual's personality and thoughts. Money creates a sense of security within the individual, a security that is necessary to be able to function properly in this world. No matter how you go about obtaining that sense of security, money is a prime method. This is why money is compared to a gas, as it induces a numbing affect on the person that has the potential to affect better judgment.
Released March 1 1971, English Progressive Rock band Pink Floyd have pushed the boundaries of music to uncharted waters. Just passing the album's 40 year anniversary, the legacy of The Dark Side of the Moon lives on interestingly enough in much of today's youth and modern culture. The way that the band ties the concept and the music together in unison makes for a mesmerizing hypnotic effect that sends the listener into a whirlpool of emotions. Never before has a band been able to send such a clear message to the listener depicting the reality of life as we know it. Darkside asks the questions that we all face, and documents the lifecycle of the human being from life till death. The clarity of the lyrics is striking, but at the same time vague enough for the listener to come to his own interpretations and tie it to his own life. In this week's feature of Music Landscape, I will be reviewing one of progressive rock's finest masterpieces, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.