An ‘insider’ documentary about David Gilmore I watched recently ended with a summer evening scene of his family glowing in the flames of a barbecue. A sweet voiced young girl sang to her guitar. A scene of perfection, yet of closure, as though Gilmore was handing down the musical batten to a new generation.
The documentary prompted me to dig into his music - I had overlooked the ‘solo’ Gilmore, and I came across him singing a song by Syd Barrett.
Gilmour describes Syd Barrett as: “… very strange…The light had gone out of his eyes…He was very monosyllabic. We did five gigs together, as a five piece…which was pretty strange I can tell you!”
I wondered what had happened to Barrett and if he really had gone ‘crazy’. I found a long drifting ZBS foundation interview from August 1967 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xRaVTKDipA) where, speaking very slowly, he talks about the first drive to paint, as an infant, and due to social and family setups and exposure to teaching and instruction, this creative urge becomes altered and modified. As an adult he wanted to paint, without the influence.
It brings to mind the famous Picasso quote: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”