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The day begins...

The day begins as have the last 7. I awaken early, the call of the singular bird the conductor to the symphony of birds to soon follow. In one moment, all comes to life: the gong from nearby Sheshen monastery calling the monks to morning prayer, dogs barking, motorcycles revving, the local mobile tea merchant calling out. I dress quickly in the early light and walk through the cobbled alleyways to the Bouddarth Stupa, one of the two most important in Kathmandu. The mass of circumambulating bodies draws me in and I join thousands of the devout- in varying shapes, sizes, age, physical ability and disability, traditional and western dress.

We circumvent prostrate bodies praying, the local dogs will sleeping since they have been up all nite defending their territory, the physically disabled making their way, in any way their can. Their prayers permeate my soul and I find myself chanting along, though not knowing the words. Malas (prayer beads) swing back and forth from old weathered hands

Incense infuses the atmosphere, I carry the scent with me at all times here. (A blessing since the air pollution is quite intense). My air passages continue to adjust. Its a wild circus for the senses. Yet I never feel assaulted in the same was as I have in India. The "Namaste" greeting (the soul in me sees the soul in you) sets the tone of honor and respect.

Another "Dark Side of the Moon" Album Review

On Home of Mousai

So, I'm a little late on the scene for this, but I wanted to talk about my love for this album specifically. I had seen this album by Pink Floyd for as long as I can remember, but I never had any interest in listening to it since it was older and everyone had heard it (I have hipster tendencies). But one day I was at Urban Outfitters looking through their book section as I usually do, and I stumbled upon a book titled "1,001 Albums You Should Listen To Before You Die" and I happen to come upon this one. I had seen the album cover on countless T-shirts, but I had never actually listened to it so I went on YouTube and heard the whole thing from beginning to end. It was...magical to say the least. I remember hearing the beginning and admittedly being disturbed by all the noise in the background, but once Breathe (In the Air) came on everything changed. I was drawn into to the music as though someone had put a spell on me. I thought the whole track was amazing and it opened my eyes to a new era of music that I won't forget and hopefully not escape from.

What makes this album special is that it's continuous and harmonious. The album never stops and every song blends into the other which provides a different experience than the music we listen to today where every song has to be different.

Speak to Me is actually a great track since it foreshadows the remaining tracks on the album. Breathe (In the Air) is an excellent track and it's one of my favorites. It has a soft and mellow sound to it with great bass and slow keyboard effects. I absolutely love the calm nature of it which was a contrast to the lyrics since they talk about living life the same way and "racing towards another grave". On the Run also has an eerie yet interesting sound since the tempo of the drums signal a rushing forward in time which leads to the next song called Time. This song is also an amazing and interesting piece beginning with the sounds of ticking and alarms in the beginning. The lyrics are also haunting speaking of wasting time and how each moment we're alive we are closer to death. It's a moving piece and speaks to me personally about not wasting the life I was given. This song also had amazing guitar and a chorus of women in the background serenading us and accompanying the amazing guitar playing.

The Great Gig in the Sky is another instrumental song that goes on for a while. I am personally not a fan of this song so I won't say much about it other than the beginning is very soft which perfectly plays off of Time. However intermingled is a solo of a woman singing wildly. Money is similar to Time in the sense that it has a long pause where nothing is said but the guitar and music is fantastic.It also starts with the sounds of coins jingling and a cash register making a sale. In this song saxophone is incorporated giving this song more than just a rock feel to it. The crossing over of genres creates a depth that most rock songs (especially those of today) simply don't have. I enjoy the message of Money as well. It blatantly exposes how we hold money in such high esteem and we crave it more than anything and even though we should do goo with our money and spread it to those in need, ultimately we will not and keep it to ourselves.

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