It did not take me long to figure this one out—without a doubt, Dark Side of the Moon. Pink Floyd changed the way I experienced music.
As a young man, I was more of a rocker. I enjoyed melodic, driving rhythms and great hooks. Like most people, I became accustomed to digesting music in small, manageable bites.
Pink Floyd’s landmark album redefined to me how you tell a story. They were part of the ‘70s trend to make albums that only had maybe two or three tracks per side. It was more of a symphonic experience, incorporating different movements as the story unfolded.
This format demanded more than a casual affair with the music. It required the listener to commit time to sit and experience the album, much like a really good meal.
Al Alvarado—a/k/a Chris’ dad—performs regularly along the Emerald Coast to great acclaim. Discover more at reverbnation.com/alalvarado.