“Life-changing” is a powerful phrase that I, for one, wouldn’t want to carelessly throw around. A record that deserves this attribution is one that does more than simply impress, teach something new or change perception. Listening to it and most importantly, “getting it” is an event of such proportions that the listener’s life will be…(bet you didn’t see this one coming) forever changed! In most cases that I’m familiar with, this said event took place when one’s most bound to be impressed and influenced – and that is, teenage. Two famous examples would be Slash hearing Aeromith’s ‘Rocks’ and suddenly deciding that he wants to play guitar for a living, and Brian Wilson getting his motivation to do ‘Pet Sounds’ after hearing The Beatles’ ‘Rubber Soul’.
For me, it was Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ that did it. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Cliché World! I’m your host, Ovidiu Boar. Seriously though, this album completely changed everything I knew about music at the time. Although, to be honest, I’ve never thought of it as an “album”, not in the traditional sense of the word anyway. To me, ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ is a whole different world, a journey capable of completely withdrawing me from reality for a good 43 minutes. It was both a way out of my day-to-day life and a lesson regarding it, exploring subjects such as money, war, passage of time or mental illness. That’s what impressed me the most when I first heard it, and that’s what also makes it timeless to my ears. Sure, I’ve heard all the songs a million times. Sure, I already know all of them by heart. But that doesn’t matter. What’s really important is the feeling of it – each time I press the play button, I feel like that 16-year old that can’t believe what he’s hearing again.
Pink Floyd’s masterpiece taught me the importance of listening to an album from start to finish and judging it as a whole. Many albums have impressed me since then, but few have punched me in the face and told me “You ain’t heard anything like this before, kiddo” quite like ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ did. And I’m sure many of us have experienced this at one time or another in their life. So, what’s your story? What record changed your life?