Shine On

I hadn’t intended to give today a Pink Floyd theme, but sometimes reality has its own ideas.

Syd Barrett, the band’s founder, has died at age 60. Barrett retired from performing over 35 years ago due to drug abuse and mental illness, and had lived very quietly in the care of his mother for most of his life. Ironically, he is perhaps best known today not for his own work, but rather for the 1975 Floyd album “Wish You Were Here,” which was inspired by his brief time in the limelight and subsequent descent into madness.