His new album, Rattle That Lock, is the strongest of his four solo efforts, combining the epic vistas of latterday Floyd with the emotional intimacy of 2006’s On An Island. Never a prolific lyricist, he has once again collaborated with his wife, novelist Polly Samson. “I think this album is her best work. Some of the most exciting moments have been in the genesis of songs, singing her lyrics for the first time and suddenly seeing that it’s going to work.”
Of the song-writing process, Gilmour says “songs are ruined for me by being banal or trite. But one which has great lyrics and isn’t supported by sufficiently well-built music can also be destroyed. One is constantly aiming for that perfect marriage of vehicle and load.”
Born in Cambridge in 1946 to a middle-class family (his father was a lecturer in Zoology at Cambridge University, his mother was a teacher), Gilmour learned his trade with a band called Joker’s Wild in the mid-Sixties, before being invited to join Floyd by drummer Nick Mason.Get Our APP
Last year, Gilmour and Mason released Endless River, a largely instrumental and apparently final Pink Floyd album assembled from sessions with late keyboard player Rick Wright. Gilmour accepts that it doesn’t have “the grand theme” and “edge” of Floyd’s finest work. “Yes, it is lacking, but who cares?” he shrugs. “There were some lovely pieces that hadn’t been finished and I thought it would be a nice little farewell gift to cheer some people up.” Although the classic line-up made an appearance at Live 8 in 2005 and Gilmour has occasionally got together on stage with old colleague, bassist and sometime antagonist Roger Waters, he has absolutely no interest in a reunion.
“I would have to be deluded not to appreciate the great moments we had together. Singing Us And Them, I was thinking how f***ing brilliant and relevant it is, and I didn’t write the words or the music (it is credited to Wright/Waters). I love still being able to play that. I just don’t want to do it with the remains of those guys any more. Rick’s dead. Roger and I don’t particularly get along. We still talk. It’s better than it has been. But it wouldn’t work. People do change. Roger and I have outgrown each other, and it would be impossible for us to work together on any realistic basis.”
Life for Gilmour has a much wider scope than his career. “I don’t want to use the word dilettante but I am not dominated by music every second of every day, which I was in my twenties and thirties. There are children (eight from his two marraiges), Polly is writing, we are a family where different things have to be prioritised at different times. I can’t relate now to the dedication and religious fervour of youth. But something’s lost and something’s gained in living every day, as Joni Mitchell would say. I am in some ways wiser, more knowledgeable and better at doing things. So hopefully all that goes into the music.”
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