Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Rest in Peace Syd
Syd Barrett passed on at 60 Friday the 7th of July. Today the news is spreading over the waves that are the internet. It's a very sad day for me, but I can't help but feel Syd left a long time ago. I have a lot of great memories of times shared with Syd, although he wasn't really with me, I felt his spirit was beside me, somehow, laughing at my foolish bahavior or toasting me when something went my way. Syd has long been a hero of mine, not for all the right reasons, but that hardly matters now, as he and I both wised up later(and some might say after it was too late for both of us).
Syd epitomised the 60's London psych scene to me, with his never ending paisley shirts, his knowing smirk that said, "I know more than you ever will", a silly kid grin, childlike yet wise beyond his years, all at the same time.
I was just a kid when Syd was in his twilight, but I still feel I travelled a bit with him, on voyages that neither of us knew the true destination, but neither cared as getting there was all the fun. I never met Syd, but felt I knew him and often wished that he could have known me. We would have had a few laughs, I imagine, as we were often on the same wavelength.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
A few months ago I posted a song. A single song that I felt summed up Syd's innocence and his talent all at the same time. It is from his Opel album, an album of leftovers that was released in the late seventies, and so as my tribute to the truths he spoke and sang, I put the link here again. It is the perfect summation of Syd, and one of my favorite gifts from him. Thanks, Syd, wherever you are!
Posted by Time Traveller at 9:03 AM