Whether interpreting a Roger Waters‘ second-person rumination from forty years ago on Pink Floyd‘s Wish You Were Here or singing a verse which wife/ lyricist Polly Samson wrote last night, throughout his long illustrious career David Gilmour has sung the thoughts and observations of others. “It takes thought and it takes concentration,” David admits in this week’s In the Studio.” I mean you have to live, and breathe, and believe the words you’re saying , and 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 is only Gilmour’s fourth solo studio venture and his first since 2006’s On an Island, the new one containing the catchy “Rattle That Lock“, Gilmour getting his groove on “Today“, the Grammy contender for instrumental of the year “And Then…“, and the poignant tome on the human toll of a world weary of war,”In Any Tongue“.
” 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