The classic cover to The Beatles' 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

My love for The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

If you’ve been plugged into any social media the last few days, you probably couldn’t escape the news about the new remix of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album.

I’ll be straight with you: I haven’t heard it yet.

My only opportunities since its release on Friday (May 26, 2017) would have minimized it to background music. And that just won’t do the album justice.

The classic cover to The Beatles' 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
The classic cover to The Beatles’ 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

I want to experience it when I can really focus on it. I want to wear some good headphones, I want to let the sounds wash over me, I want the music to conjure visions and tickle my imagination.

I hope to be transported to the same Neverland (or Pepperland) that a very young me visited when I first delved into the Fab Four’s 1967 masterwork.

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Roger Waters rehearses for his upcoming "Us & Them" tour. Photo courtesy of his Facebook page.

Enjoying Pink Floyd (and Roger Waters) with my 50 favorites

Hello (hello, hello … is there anybody out there?).

Please forgive the juxtaposition of two songs from “The Wall,” but I couldn’t resist.

I have today off from work, and I’m spending it relaxing. For me, that’ll mean a fair share of music.

I’ve been on a big Pink Floyd kick of late. I wake up with the group’s songs going through my head. I drive to work humming some of them. I’ll find myself pondering the instrumental and lyrical depth of some of their great works while doing my job.

Why now? I don’t know. Perhaps the better question is: Why not now?

It’s been 50 years since Pink Floyd’s first album was released. And in a matter of weeks, we’ll have a new studio album from Roger Waters (his first full studio rock effort since 1992’s great “Amused to Death”). And he’ll be touring again, too!

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for the new Waters album. I’m eager to hear what he has to say, and to immerse myself in the atmospheres of mood and music he weaves to help enforce his point.

A cropped photo of the upcoming Roger Waters solo album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”

In spirit of my day off, and of enjoying Pink Floyd’s music (and the music of its individual members), I feel like writing about some of my favorites. You in? Let’s get this going.

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The cover to Jon Magnusson's "Psalms for Sinners" EP.

Review: “Psalms for Sinners” EP by Jon Magnusson

In my capacity as a music fan who dabbles with the written word (you know, a music columnist / blogger), I often get tunes submitted to me for my consideration.

It’s a great honor and greater pleasure to be able to listen to so much material from so many people from such different countries, backgrounds and genres. Thank you to everyone who reaches out to me, I wish I had the time and ability to write about every artist and submission that comes my way. It never gets boring!

And an EP that was recently shared with me never gets boring, either.

Musician Jon Magnusson contacted me via Twitter (you can find and follow him at @jonmagnussonof).

The cover to Jon Magnusson's "Psalms for Sinners" EP.
The cover to Jon Magnusson’s “Psalms for Sinners” EP.

The four-song EP dabbles in different sounds, making for an enjoyable listen that stands up to repeat airings without overstaying its welcome.

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