Music Video Of the Week


"Brain Damage / Eclipse," Pink Floyd
With the total solar eclipse happening this coming week even as America goes insane, I thought this video of Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage / Eclipse" would make a perfect Music Video of the Week for this week.
Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters composed both of these songs as a summation for the band's landmark album The Dark Side OF teh Moon.  The former song imagines a nightmare landascape of people losing their sanity in a world that doesn't allow them to preserve it.  They are bombarded with images and storeis of crazy leaders ("The paper holds their folded faces to the floor") while no one can communicate with each other ("You shout and no one seems to hear").  The latter song brings everything in the world into focus but notes the light disappearing into darkness as teh sun is eclipsed by the moon.
"The album uses the sun and the moon as symbols; the light and the dark; the good and the bad; the life force as opposed to the death force," Roger Waters explained. "I think it's a very simple statement saying that all the good things life can offer are there for us to grasp, but that the influence of some dark force in our natures prevents us from seizing them."
Indeed.  Enjoy the clip, which includes past leaders who, like the present American leader, drove us mad.
"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us are. Very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad."