Relaxation and Expansion of the Mind: Listening to Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)

Relaxation and Expansion of the Mind: Listening to Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)

If you have an appreciation for classic rock, the concept album or revolutionary modern artists, you will (or have already) certainly enjoy one of Pink Floyd’s more prominent albums: A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Let me begin by telling you, the reader, that this is not a review of the album’s instrumental synthesis, or its lyrical compositions neither the piece’s relevance to contemporary societies.

The intentions of this article are to help you through tense or stressful periods in your life.

How can Pink Floyd help me relieve stress?

From beginning to end, this is an album that will take you through a mindful journey. Whether you relate to the lyrical contents or not, makes no difference: this is the goal and desire of the concept album. The artist’s intentions are to conceptualize an idea, a motif or theme of importance to any number of diverse audiences. Thought-provoking, emotionally connecting; whilst your ears open and your mind becomes attentive, your previous stresses and tension will surely lift. Think of it as a distraction to your current reality, as you would be distracted with playing video games, pointless conversation or reading.

By listening to A Momentary Lapse of Reason, you will relax, enter the canyons of your mind and experience an alternate reality.

How does ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ expand my mind?

Do you understand the meaning by the lyrics? Can you identify which instruments are playing? How do you feel as the album progresses? As the album is largely instrumental (filled momentum heightening intros, enriching guitar solos and sensational outros), the audience is left with a multitude of unconscious decisions to make.

– Reflection of feelings/thoughts after a song

– Visual imagination of album

– Technical appreciation for sounds/lyrics

(Do you see how you may lose yourself in the concept album?)

From personal understanding, I grew up listening to rock music. My father would regularly sit in the basement and forget the day’s torments with an album experience. Pink Floyd is my favourite artist to listen and zone out (alongside The Who’s Tommy and Quadrophenia). Any time I have listened to these albums, my worries leave me, my mind rests and enjoys a journey only music can provide. Whether its stress from:

– Work, school, relationships

– Mental exhaustion or depression/anxiety

Give yourself a break, life is not meant to be stressful, it is to be enjoyed and appreciated. Slap on some Pink Floyd and conquer your stress.

Pink Floyd’s: A Momentary Lapse of Reason