“Look mummy, there’s an aeroplane, uh…pig up in the sky”.

Song: Pigs On The Wing (Parts 1 &2)_Album: Animals_Artist: Pink Floyd_Year: 1977
This video features the 8-track version of the track with Snowy White’s guitar solo! To me at least, this is the definitive version of the song.

***Update***Two years after I uploaded my original video for this track, I noticed the video has finally become available for play. When I uploaded that video and realized that it would not be seen, I edited it for a live version of the song. Since the video is basically the same as featured on the currently available live version, I wanted to update it with something different, new, better….and wanted to use the version featuring Snowy White’s guitar solo. Animals is probably my favorite album cover of all time (the composition, lighting and colors….especially of the sky and clouds!) and I wanted to try and light it up and bring it to life. I’m thrilled that I might finally be able to continue with some Pink Floyd vid concepts…especially the three monster tracks from Animals (and my long stalled “Echoes”).

Original vid description w/Wiki information:
“Pigs on the Wing” is a two-part song by the progressive rock band Pink Floyd from their 1977 concept album, Animals, starting and wrapping up the album.

Animals ties Wish You Were Here as my favorite Pink Floyd album. It’s a extremely dark album, but it captures the band at the height of their considerable musical prowess.

The song is divided into two parts, which are the first and last tracks of the album. Both are in stark contrast to the album’s middle three misanthropic songs, and suggest that companionship can help us overcome our flaws. The casual listener may ignore them for the most part; however they are keys to the album, summing up the album in its entirety in their short 1:25 time spans. Roger Waters apparently refers to himself as a “dog” in Part 2: “Now that I’ve found somewhere safe to bury my bone/And any fool knows, a dog needs a home/A shelter, from pigs on the wing.” Another allusion is found in the line “So I don’t feel alone, or the weight of the stone,” which refers back to the dogs being “dragged down by the stone”.

According to Nick Mason, and confirmed by Waters, it is a love song directed towards Waters’ new wife at the time, Carolyn. She was really the only one Roger’s friends had ever met who could hold her own in an argument with him; according to Mason you had to be very good with semantics to win an argument against him. Waters wrote the song because that’s all he had been looking for all along: someone who could stand up to him, an equal.

The songs are constructed simply and feature no instrumentation besides a strummed acoustic guitar played by Waters.

On the 8-track cartridge release, the song order was changed, and Parts 1 and 2 were played back-to-back at the beginning of the album. They were linked by a guitar bridge performed by Snowy White. Snowy would play the guitar solo in live performances on the 1977 Animals tour. On the last US leg of the performances, David Gilmour would play bass guitar instead of the electric rhythm guitar he played on the European and first US legs of the Animals tour.

The complete version of the song, including the instrumental bridge, was re-released on Snowy White’s Goldtop compilation album in 1995.

I hope this video is (finally!) the start of several I hope to do by Pink Floyd….I won’t rest until I’ve completed a video every track on both Wish You Were Here and Animals…..course it might take a while?! LOL!

Anyway….it’s a start….hope you enjoy it.

[Lyrics]

If you didn’t care what happened to me,
And I didn’t care for you
We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain
Wondering which of the buggers to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing.

You know that I care what happens to you
And I know that you care for me too
So I don’t feel alone
Of the weight of the stone
Now that I’ve found somewhere safe
To bury my bone
And any fool knows a dog needs a home
A shelter from pigs on the wing

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Check out some of my other Pink Floyd vids:
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond, 1-9 (1975) (Remaster) [1080p HD]

Pink Floyd – Pigs On The Wing (Parts 1 and 2) 8-track Version

Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother (1970) (MFSL UltraDisc II) [1080p HD]

 

 

Back for one night only!

Song: The Return Of Jimi Hendrix/Album: Dream Harder (1993)/Artist: The Waterboys

The Return Of Jimi Hendrix was released on The Waterboys sixth studio album, Dream Harder, in the spring of 1993. This was yet another great Waterboys album, packed with well-written and masterfully executed tracks. I loved the pastoral mellowness of the previous album (Room To Roam), and this harder rocking effort sounded great in a different, but equally brilliant, way.

“The Return Of Jimi Hendrix” was always a standout track for the record. You can sense Mike Scott’s passion about Jimi in both the lyrics and the delivery….and this song definitely rocks! It’s been along time since I did anything from The Waterboys and it’s great to finally get another video finished. For several weeks, I’ve been chipping away at a video which I thought would be my next Waterboys upload….a bit more epic track and demanding video, it’s not finished, however I’m happy to have “The Return Of Jimi Hendrix” in it’s place. It was a fun video to play with….just throw psychedelic at the wall and see what sticks (some sequences would have benefited from some cleanup processing…but of course with this type video, rough can be better! )….I hope you enjoy some of what stuck. Thanks for watching! ***Now would probably be a great time to do my first Hendrix video since there’s really already one in here. This project produced alot more Hendrix than this video could hold and I held back a few sequences/effects that I had created especially for this reason.

As usual HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art…..THANK YOU!!!!!

[Lyrics]

I dreamed about Jimi Hendrix
he came back for one day
was born weepin’ out of an egg
the mid-wife said
and straight away began to pray
with lifted head

He spent the early hours
communing with the morning stars
and then he came over to my house
where he tried out my guitar

He was young and black and beautiful
big eyed, perfect skin an’
he played my guitar like a lightning storm
like twirlin’ feathers in the wind
he could make it sound like the end of the world
a fire, the flick of a knife
he could squeeze it slow and masterful
like the hand that brought the world to life

Together we strolled in sculptured gardens
passed the sleepy afternoon
maids were dartin’ back and forth
from a window came a violin tune
angels, dressed as nurses toyed with playin’ cards
looters sprung from prisons filled the yard

A yellow sun hung low and dawned,
and as it dipped
Jimi stood up straight, grinned
and shook his velvet hips

Callin’ himself King Electric
in the evening he went wild
played on a dozen stages
in the clubs of New York –
lit the city end to end
wired it up, fired it up
scarved, bejewelled, long-legged, snake-limbed
athletic, driven, dangerous

He made all Manhattan shake
and every street and sidewalk quake
his stratocaster caused the mighty Empire State
to vibrate
his whammy bar caused shock-eyed punks from
Hackensack and Yonkers
raised on speed, metal and rap
to enter trance and levitate

He played Purple Haze and Pyramid,
Voodoo Child and Sin-E,
Up From the Skies and Stone Free
in King Tut’s Wah-Wah hut

He did a forty-two minute
cosmic rise in future shocks
Star Spangled Banner
in the back of CBGB’s

He stopped every clock in New York state
and every heart that heard him
and time itself was beaten and confused
and fell lamb-like under the spell of his fabulous flashing fingers

He played an encore at the Bitter End
a heartburst Little Wing
even the waiters cried
and then we fell outside
and in the dusty dawn of Bleeker street
a sweet rain fell
and Jimi died

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It’s 2014, not 1964……time to send the Orcas back to where they belong. It’s happening.

“There’s No Way Out Of Here” was released on David Gilmour’s self-titled solo debut album in the spring of 1978. This was one of the first three tracks I ever started videos for (the other two being Bryan Ferry’s “Is Your Love Strong Enough?” and Brian Eno’s “St. Elmo’s Fire”). I bought this album when it was released back in 1978 and I guess I was hoping for something a bit more Floyd sounding…I guess that’s the main reason this song was always a favorite. Ironic that the most Floydian track was the one that David didn’t write. It ranks with the best Floyd for me….I still play it constantly.

As for the video, after the news about Dawn Brancheau’s death in early 2010, I began researching orca’s in captivity and determined to make “There’s No Way Out Of Here” using the subject matter…that sighing, anguished guitar seemed to match not only the state of the orcas, but their cries as well. I collected a few images, and searched for video clips, but there wasn’t really enough quality stuff so it’s been sitting since.

In 2010 I was saddened by my online trip into the anguish of orcas in captivity, especially the story of Lolita ( a beautiful orca that has been in a tiny tank at the Miami Seaquarium for 44 years). It was very depressing to read about these intelligent creatures living in these tiny concrete tanks…imagining the sonically dead concrete walls bouncing ringing sounds around the sensitive orcas…living this for decades, never experiencing the calming, natural sounds of the ocean environment of their true homes.

I remember first becoming aware of the new film “Blackfish” and thinking I probably wouldn’t want to subject myself to that experience again, as nothing would change. I only briefly thought about picking up the video, but just didn’t really want to go there. Then the most amazing thing happened…Blackfish became immensely popular and was becoming a catalyst for action. Finally, there seems to be a chance for change. It’s truly inspirational to see so many people unite in an effort to make things better for these beautiful, intelligent, and gentle creatures. Anyway, it motivated me up to finish my video….although I gotta add, this is exactly the type video I find it hard to watch and usually just stop, (if I ever start). I tried to contrast the brutal monotony (wanted to loop that stupid dance for a full minute to give us an inkling of what that reality must be….you can thank me later! 😉 of the existence in noisy chlorinated tanks in which these orcas must endure, with the vibrant environment of the oceans their families experience. Important to remember that these creatures only get a few “rockin’ fun & happy minutes” a day….and the rest of their day they look just like poor Lolita in that tank just bobbing up and down and up and down and up and down….damn, it’s just awful.

I hoped to shift focus a bit from prog to hard rock in 2014, but I’m happy that this is my first video of the new year. I hope you enjoy it.

As always a Huge thanks to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!

So, I hope you enjoy the effort…what was once depressing is now hopeful!!! Thanks Blackfish, Orca Network, and everyone contributing. We can make it happen…We can change the world now…We can make it better! Yeah!

Please visit the links to the source videos for clips in this video:

Daniel Azarian & Dr. Ingrid Visser
A Day in the Life of Lolita, the Performing Orca

Blackfish

Amazing Orca Dolphins leap from the water

Beautiful Orcas in New Zealand

Orca sounds

Please visit The Orca Network and stay current on the issue!
http://www.orcanetwork.org/Main/

[Lyrics]

There’s no way out of here, when you come in you’re in for good
There was no promise made, the part you’ve played, the chance you took
There are no boundaries set, the time and yet you waste it still

So it slips through your hands like grains of sand, you watch it go
There’s no time to be lost, you’ll pay the cost so get it right
There’s no way out of here, when you come in you’re in for good

And never was there an answer, there an answer
Not without listening, without seeing

There are no answers here, when you look out you don’t see in
There was no promise made, the part you’ve played, the chance you took
There’s no way out of here, when you come in you’re in for good

And never was there an answer, there an answer
Not without listening, without seeing

There’s no way out of here, when you come in you’re in for good
There are no answers here, when you look out you don’t see in
There was no promise made, the part you’ve played, the chance, you took

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