Pink Floyd and the Passion

One of the big rock and roll events of the past few weeks has been the Live 8 concerts organized by Bob Geldof and Bono to provide aid to Africa. The concert was available on television and over the Internet. Not surprisingly (at least not to me) was that the during and following the conference one of the largest increases in sales went to one of my favorite bands as a kid: Pink Floyd.

When Pink Floyd released The Dark Side of the Moon in 1973, it immediately went onto the top 100 on the Billboard charts where it remained for an incredible 741 weeks (for the mathematically challenged, that's over 14 years!). The album is superbly engineered by Alan Parsons, and many of the songs on the album like "Money", "Time" and "Us and Them", remain staples on most classic rock stations. Regardless of whether you like Rock and Roll, one has to be impressed with the skill, care and creativity that went into each and every song on this spectacular album.

The resurgence in interest in Pink Floyd as the result of the Live Eight concert brings a new opportunity to share the Passion account with young listners who may be interested in listening to their rock music, but not much else. Back in 2003, The Glenn Beck Radio Show featuring the very funny Glenn Beck, put out a 15 minute interpretation of the Passion account of Jesus for Easter using as a background the music from Pink Floyd. It can be linked from here, or can be accessed from Glenn Beck's Free Audio page here. Glenn did a good job of blending his narrative with "Time" and other songs from Pink Floyd which can keep your interest.

Obviously, this interpretation of the Passion set to the music of Pink Floyd is not likely to immediately turn someone into a believer in Jesus. However, if you know someone who is a music lover and doesn't seem to have an interest in listening to anything or anyone unassociated with music, perhaps this is a way to reach them with an account of the Passion in a way that they will be willing to sit through.

Addendum: 4/14/2017:

The original link has long since died. Here is the YouTube Video of Glenn Beck's Passion:


Weekend Fisher said…
And now I have "I have become comfortably numb" stuck in my head. LOL.
BK said…
Hello, is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home?

I learned how to play that on my guitar when I was just a kid. Now I'm going to give it another try when I get home.
Anonymous said…
I just heard this the other day on the Glenn Beck show. It was so awesome, I just had to find a copy of this. Here I am now, commenting on it. Thanks for the article and link.

I already liked Glenn Beck and Pink Floyd, and this now sheds even a further light on both. Beck's redition is amazing, and also absolutely beautiful. The timing was perfect, and if there was an award for doing such a thing, he definately deserves it.

In my opinon, this would be very cool to play, perhaps to youth groups. Teenage Christians, no doubt, would really enjoy this. Not too sure how my Pastor would feel, but I don't know why he wouldn't like it as well. This is just so cool!

Happy Easter.

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