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It is not long that I was introduced to Pink Floyd but since then there hasn’t been a day when I have not played Pink Floyd on my laptop. Listening to David Gilmour’s team is a part of my daily routine now, and it left a patch of sadness in me when I read that Pink Floyd’s keyboardist and co-founder Richard Wright, age 65 , died on 15th September, 2008 from cancer.
Wright, a London native, met bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason while at Regent Street School of Architecture, joining their band, which went under names such as the Meggadeaths and Sigma 6. The three musicians formed the Pink Floyd Show with Syd Barrett in 1965, evolving from a pop and R&B cover band into an improvisational, psychedelic outfit. Wright contributed to an easy Jazz piano style to the band, and much a part of the minimalistic style of the band’s arrangements as anyone.
Though not as prolific a songwriter as his bandmates Roger Waters and David Gilmour, he wrote significant parts of the music for classic albums such as Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, as well as for Pink Floyd’s final studio album The Division Bell. My personal favourites as Wright’s greatest compositions are ‘Great Gig in the Sky’ and ‘Us and Them’. As a band, their 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon remains as their masterpiece, which stayed in the US top 200 for 15 years.
But the band’s relationships deteriorated after the 1979 album, The Wall, and Waters had threatened to withhold the album if Wright refused to quit. After a lengthy legal battle with Waters, Wright joined Gilmour and Mason. The group recorded two Pink Floyd albums and played on more than 100 shows on a Division Bell Tour in 1994, making it the most lucrative tour in the rock history at that time.
Wright also worked on Gilmour’s solo projects, most recently playing on the 2006 album “On an Island” and the world tour and there were continuous speculations about group reforming to tour again but now with Wright’s passing I guess that remains a dream.
As a musician Richard would be missed but his songs will always ‘Echo’ in our ears and would remind us of his great work and contribution to the Rock music.
This video is one of my personal favourites from the band, and one of the greatest contirbutions by Wright- The Great Gig in the Sky.
I am a movie buff but when it comes to relating myself with a character of a movie, I relate with none. But this meme where I was NOT tagged by Jay, asks me to relate myself with a movie character and make a movie of my life. Here are the rules….. as always:-
If you had to select celebrities/actors to play the parts in the story of your life today (including yourself!), who would it be and why – this can be based on looks or personality.
The Rules –
1. List the people who would play you, and the key people in your life.
2. Give credit to the person who tagged you.
3. Link your answers to the original blog, that’s here at iRamble.
4. Tag four new people to participate.
Now this was pretty tough for me until I visited Speedy’s blog. You have to check out his NOT Tagged Meme; I found it extremely intelligent. He actually forced me to think out of the box. I would have been tad difficult for me to pick up the movie characters and fit in movie of my life. I’d rather think of a whole family and fit them accordingly.
And when I think of Family, I think of Family Guy . So, mine would be a Cartoon Movie.
We are four members in our family- Dad, Mom, My Bother and Me! We have included the street dog, whom my mom loves a lot, in this picture. Its standards are raising, it was demanding wine, and my mom was convincing dad that we can serve him atleast one glass a day. Darn! The little kid in the picture is the one from neighbourhood; I am suspecting mom as to why was she so keen on getting him clicked with us. I dislike him totally so, may be he can play a role of villain in the movie.
And how can I forget Scratcher? Without him my movie would be incomplete. So here’s an uncensored picture of Us.
Dad– Head of the family, has a big paunch, a simple man, whose favourite pastime is to watch television. Am quite sure he must have told my mom the same thing what Peter (dad in Family Guy) told his wife once “Remember what I always tell you, if I come home in the middle of the day and catch you having sex with someone, I’ll kill you both”. Dad seems to find it frustrating when he is ‘wrong’ while Mom is ‘right’ about issues all the time.
Mom– Loves kids, and street dogs. She serves street dogs atleast twice a day with good meals, and mostly gets tickling gits in evening to distribute sweets. She is a stay-at-home lady who can be really nasty at times, and can be the cuddliest at the next instance. She is famous among the neighbourhood kids and one of the best home makers I have known so far. Her habit of keeping things extra-clean gets on to my nerves at times.
Brother- Totally opposite of Chris’s character, who is obese and unintelligent, in Family guy. Bro is an eye candy for women in town, has an detailed knowledge about actors, movies and music. In one of the episodes of Family guy it was mentioned that Chris was born as an accident due to a broken condom, I wonder whether same happened with my brother as well.
Scratcher- Mathematician at heart, loves me a lot…although I think that he loves maths more than me. A movie buff, bibliomaniac, rocker, a walking-talking dictionary, and can fight like nobody’s business. His character reminds me of Russell Crowe from A Beautiful Mind though but I’ll stick to Family Guy’s family.
Me– The only character I have related myself with is Dagny Taggart’s from the book Atlas Shrugged. It is played by Angelina Jolie in the movie. I wish I had a sexy pout like her. I wish! Am oldest child in my family, have a short temper, always whine about my weight, wear specs, so somewhere I would fit in the character of Megan, the daughter in Family Guy.
The dog and the kid would have very sidey roles in the movie until my mom really goes to an extent of protesting about it. The kid would always be playing pranks and disturbing my life, and the dog would be a talking dog, whose language would be understood only by my mom.
I’ll take some time to decide the plot of the movie. That’s all for now!
This was darn tough! But Hey! I did it. Now, Dance, Dance, Drop Your Pants!
Who can deny the multifariousness of the condoms? Apart from serving the main purpose of course, they have been used for smuggling cocaine and alcohol, for holding water in emergency survival conditions, and for protecting microphones in underwater recordings. Who knew that these tiny umbrellas could also act as …..Ooops! I’ll keep my big mouth shut, you check out the video to find out.