Classic Rock – Dark Side of the Moon! – and Cheap Sparkling Wine
An aging baby boomer tells a 1973 tale about hearing the Pink Floyd record for the first time and its lifetime effect on her friendships and musical taste.
September 8, 2012 - 7:35 am
And it is no wonder, because Dark Side of the Moon was then and still is today, music from another dimension.
Songs like Speak to Me, Time, Us and Them, Eclipse, and Brain Damage sound as innovative as they did hearing them for the first time in Marian’s dorm room.
Researching this piece, I stumbled upon some astounding trivia that will warm the hearts of aging classic rock fans. In 2012, Dark Side of the Moon peaked at #1 on both The Billboard 200 and The Pop Catalog. Furthermore, this year on the Top Digital Albums chart it has reached as high as #10.
Considering Dark Side of the Moon was released in March of 1973, I was thrilled to discover that new generations of young ears are appreciating this inspired masterpiece of musical genius.
So now we have arrived at the part of this series when I whine about how “I can not believe it has been 39 years since I first heard,” in this case, Dark Side of the Moon and “Whoa is me, I am so old.”
No, no, not this week!
Instead, I will celebrate the 39th anniversary of meeting Marian and Marty who today are like a sister and brother — by popping the cork off Chandon Brut Classic, a California sparkling wine.
Chandon, I just read on the label, was founded ironically in California in 1973 by Moet & Chandon — those ancient uppity French folks who deliver magnums of Dom Perignon to the VIP suites of Hollywood moguls.
Priced at around $12.00 a bottle, Chandon is the poor American version — but at one-tenth the price of its prestigious French sister, Chandon handles any celebratory occasion quite well.
And speaking of Hollywood moguls, that “interesting guy” Marty, actually became one! After college he “went Hollywood” and now boasts a long list of well-known movie production credits.
In fact, very soon Marty and I will visit because he is scheduled to be “on location” in my city, producing the third installment of a major blockbuster movie everyone is familiar with.
Then there is Marian, who, ironically, ended up living happily ever after in “small town Ohio” after marrying a very successful Ohio lawyer. Marian just retired after a long accomplished career as a civilian executive with the Air Force and we plan to see them over the holidays. Of course, I will make a point to bring along some Chandon and Pink Floyd.
Marty, Marian and I all have fading memories of our college years but that Dark Side of the Moon gathering and the album itself, will always shine bright in our heart, mind and soul.
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