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"Apologies, anger, declarations of love, things you want to say to people, but can't or didn't get the chance to." Suggestion via reducedfatLOLcat.

(, Thu 4 Mar 2010, 13:56)
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Dear Roger
I don't think you'll be able to read this (hopefully in some other consciousness you may be), but I'd just like to say a few words about my deep affection for what you did for me in my formative years.

I was utterly taken in by your beautifully simplistic and fantastically lyrical take on life. It meant so much to me as a teenager, though by then you had gone away and I would have listened to more if there was more available.

Your friends have said more about you than I ever could, and in a medium so powerful that it moves people to tears. They loved you and lost you, and the world was a poorer place when you finally passed away.

You chose to live your life the way that you wanted, but to me you were a hero, a gifted, probably flawed genius, that decided to take your own path in life. While you were working in the way that you loved and when you loved it all, you gave pleasure to so many.

When you chose to change your career, it was of your of your own volition, despite other people saying that you shouldn't, and I respect you for that.

You weren't left alone when you wanted to be, and that was very sad. However, your friends looked after you, and that gave you the freedom that you always wanted.

You were truly great, and I won't ever forget you.

Shine On.
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 0:13, 8 replies)
"Dear Roger"
Wouldn't "Dear Syd" Be more apt?
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 1:25, closed)
Dear Roger
Not really. After he left the music business he preferred to be called Roger. That, after all was his real name.
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 2:07, closed)
Roger "Syd" Barrett.
The really sad part is that his well-known breakdown was caused by one weekend of excessive LSD. Were it not for that he would have stayed on and been a truly inspirational songwriter- but as it is he fried out what he had and then had to rely on the charity of others for basic living. Worse, he knew what he had lost, and the mere mention of his former band would send him into a depression for weeks.

The fact that he supported Syd for the rest of his days is just one of the many reasons that I'm a huge fan of Gilmour, not just as a musician but as a person.
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 2:08, closed)
Dear Roger
I and loads of others, suspect it was more than just one weekend of LSD. He'd been taking it since 1965. It just exacerbated some problems that he already had. However, it caused him to make some of the greatest music ever made. Even the Beatles said so, while they were recording Sgt Pepper next door in Abbey Road, especially McCartney and Lennon.

I agree about Gilmour's charity to Syd, after all, they were schoolmates and David made his career on being part of Pink Floyd Mk 2. Gilmour, to his eternal credit, always made sure that Syd got his royalties.
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 2:34, closed)
Dear Roger
Roger Waters was the one most affected emotionally about Syd's demise. Listen to the last bit of Dark Side and they basically wrote the the whole of Wish You Were Here about him. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond?"
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 2:54, closed)
He was
motivated by a degree of guilt, I believe. But not initially. I remember reading an account of how after the big acid trip they wanted Syd to be an active member of the band, but he was so erratic that they couldn't count on him. On the way to a gig someone said "Hang on, aren't we going go pick up Syd?" and Roger Waters said "Oh let's don't," and they went on without him.

I think that Waters was hit with a lot of guilt in the aftermath, but at the time he couldn't be bothered.

To be fair, I can't really blame him for it- I probably would have done the same. But Gilmour was the one who ultimately cared for Syd, so I have nothing but great admiration for the man.
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 5:02, closed)
As shortly after Barret was fired, he would turn up at gigs just to glare at and insult Gilmour for taking his place.
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 16:13, closed)
Even stranger than that
When they were recording Wish You Were Here there was one day when this balding guy showed up in the studio and just sat to one side, staring at them as they worked, then left without saying anything. It wasn't until he had gone that Rick Wright suddenly turned to the others and said, "Oh shit, was that Syd?!?"

It rattled them a bit for the rest of the day.
(, Wed 10 Mar 2010, 23:52, closed)

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