David Gilmour- Live at Pompeii

Throughout his long illustrious career David Gilmour has often sung the thoughts and lyrical observations of others, whether interpreting a Roger Waters‘ second-person ruminations from over forty years ago on Pink Floyd‘s Wish You Were Here,  or singing a verse which wife/ lyricist Polly Samson wrote last night. “It takes thought and it takes concentration,” David admits. “With most of Roger’s (Waters) brilliant lyrics and with Polly’s lyrics too, I find that I can do that.  I hope that I do it justice. But it is something  you often think about. But, ya know, you’re forced yourself to be that person who is using those words as if they were your own. I’m only borrowing them. I mean I’ve written enough songs with words of my own to know how it’s done.”

Since his first foray apart from Pink Floyd in 1978, Rattle That Lock  was only Gilmour’s fourth solo studio venture and his first since 2006’s On an Island,  the latest studio one containing the catchy “Rattle That Lock“, Gilmour getting his groove on “Today“, the Grammy contender for instrumental of the year 2015 “And Then…“, and the poignant tome on the human toll of a world weary of war,”In Any Tongue“. And earlier this week in theaters across America you were invited to be amongst the first in North America to see and here David Gilmour’s spectacular return to the stage Live at Pompeii,  a location immortalized by him and Pink Floyd over four decades ago in one of rock’s first feature films.

” I think there is still an enormous amount of prejudice against  all  sorts of people: women, people of different sexual orientation, religions”, David points out. ” The world is rife with prejudice still, and  we’re deluded if we think it’s gone away… I think it will take centuries for a lot of the prejudice at the core of people’s being to go away.  I think we’ll get there in the end, but I think the mind moves way ahead of the instinct, or what one might call the instinct. I think I’d call the instinct  probably the result of years of being indoctrinated in one way or another. And  what we think is our instinct is more prejudice. Harmless, and very light in most people in most ways. But it’s still there.” –Redbeard