My Story with Pink Floyd

Sometime between ‘91 and ‘92 I accidentally saw Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall part 2 video on MTV – the scene where school kids turn into .. Loved the song, so I went and bought a cassette with only The Wall Part 1 album. Never thought to buy Part 2 at that time. I would then just forward the tape to Another Brick in the Wall part 2 right when the helicopter sound comes up. I stayed doing that for months until one day I thought of playing the whole tape from part 1. I loved it! Right then I went down to the local music store and bought part 2 of The Wall. For some time my world of Pink Floyd was only around The Wall. Never knew anything else existed until I encountered Wish You Were Here on the radio. But I did not know that Wish You Were Here was for Pink Floyd. I went to music store and tried to imitate the song in case the owner could recall which band was it. When the owner said it’s Pink Floyd and handed me the Wish You Were Here album, the whole world of music changed for me ever since. The Final Cut came next for me, and later Roger Waters Amused to Death. But my love for Pink Floyd took a more obsession when I started listening to Unmagumma, Saucerful of Secrets, Animals, Pipers at the Gate of Dawn, Meddle, and, my best one of all, Atom Heart Mother. Darkside of the Moon was nice, don’t get me wrong, but it was Atom Heart Mother that I had loved the most. I was told that the last album for Pink Floyd was the 1984 Final Cut and I assumed the band was over. I was so wrong.

Two years later, sometime in 1994, the song Keep Talking comes up on the radio. I thought to myself the sound is like Pink Floyd so what if Pink Floyd is back? Surely so! Pink Floyd released the Division Bell. I rushed to the music store, this time the store in Hamra Street. The owner said the shipment of album CDs is on its way shortly, so I parked my car next to the store and waited in the car for a couple of hours. Waiting for it was so worth it. Sometime after the Division Bell came the Pulse live album. Not my favorite compared to Atom Heart Mother and The Division Bell, but it was Pink Floyd!!

The music of Pink Floyd is so beautiful. The guitars, drums, the piano, the voices, the synthesizers, the words, the album covers, the movie, and more. No offense to David Gilmour or Roger Waters solo careers, the preWall era with the team as a whole is the best. I thank Nick Mason for putting the Saucerful of Secrets concert. Even though it is not the Pink Floyd band, but his passion and drum talent is Pink Floyd. His concert Saucerful of Secrets is a Pink Floyd concert to me, and Pink Floyd is Pink Floyd forever! Now off to see Nick Mason Saucerful of Secrets concert here in Dallas !

Minecraft or Fortnite for your career?

A common past/present/future dilemma in the professional space is what I learned from yesterday, which job is available today, and what to learn for tomorrow. It gets more complicated as career and family building kicks in, and even more stressful as a person’s age. If you can imagine Past, Present, and Future as building blocks stacked on top of each other, Future bottom, Present in the middle, and Past on top, and the height of each set equals the years of experience, things get interesting.

If you have been in the industry for a long time, the long years of experience make the Past blocks taller and heavier and put more weight on Present and Future underneath. The set of Future blocks tend to be less in quantity, and the set of blocks that stand or break the stack would be the Present set of blocks. Hence, things get fragile….

The converse when you are in young in the field, your set of Past building blocks are much less in size than the future ones; your Present blocks have a tougher situation. The first set of Past blocks would not have enough pressure over the Present blocks, and the Future blocks are numerous, and, subsequently, harder to pressure.

Either way, the Present blocks are in a sensitive situation – pressure or not pressure from Past blocks, and break or make the Future blocks. Furthermore, the middle set of blocks constantly form some kind of balance between Past and Future unless some external force or King Kong tumbles the whole stack apart.

So what do you do if you want to an instructive Past, a less fragile Present, and a healthy stack towards the Future?

I don’t think I have the right answer, but I have a personal one instead. We can’t change the number of blocks that we stack as our experience throughout our lives from past, present, and future, but we can influence its quality. Think of playing constructive-building Minecraft rather than destructive-style Fortnite. Which type of blocks do you want to build – gold, steel, wood, shiny, cracked? How do you want them stacked? Horizontally, vertically, or both? Do you want to build a castle or a fort or a pyramid? Do you want something that is a work of art or science or a hybrid? Do you want to spend a lot of time making every block perfect or have fun stacking things? The ideas can go on and on… Last, play Minecraft as your career building strategy. Stop wasting time destroying things as in Fornite.