Messenger Mixtape Track 10: “The Great Gig In The Sky” by Pink Floyd

What tunes are the staff of the McHenry Messenger listening to? This week, it’s Pink Floyd and their emotionally vulnerable track “The Great Gig In The Sky”

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Submitted by features editor Alayna Majkrzak, “The Great Gig In The Sky” by Pink Floyd, while obviously a pop culture staple regardless, has seen some recent resurface due to its popularity on TikTok. Say what you will, it’s introduction to many new fans can be valuable, and it takes a spot as the pivotal 10th track on the Messenger Mixtape.

Writing wise, this song is the first track where the focus on writing is minimal. While there are some spoken word sections, primarily the song features wailing vocals from Clare Torry. However, the few lyrics that are incorporated spew a narrative of not being afraid of death. This message with its introspective nature along with the other elements is very hard hitting, but not disruptive or disheartening. It’s accepting, and in that acceptance there is beauty.

Clare Torry has a gorgeous, passionate, and despaired belt that takes a chokehold on the song and puts the listener in a trance. “I like that within the song you can hear the anguish and passion within her voice, even though she’s not singing any actual words. I love how passionate she is. It makes my heart happy and sad all at the same time.” Said Alayna.

Production wise: I mean, it’s Pink Floyd. Are you kidding? The guitar, the drums, the floating and psychedelic nature of the luscious keys and instruments are mixed together in a beautiful, abstract work of art that paints a technicolor take on a classical piece in your mind. It’s as if Pink Floyd made a mural with crayons that depicted  “Starry Night” in neon glow and it’s awe inspiring.

This is simply one of the greatest songs of all time, and it’s made its way into the hearts of our writers and editors here at The Messenger with flying colors.

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