Pink Floyd and Physics Finals: Eric’s Second and Third Letters

The next letter arrived in April 1987 and introduced me to Eric’s love of Pink Floyd.

The Final Cut, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

I listen to Pink Floyd all the time. I’m doing so right now. The album The Final Cut.

The Final Cut, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

I always enjoyed it when Eric told me where he was or what he was listening to while he was writing his letters. It helped me feel connected to his reality even though he lived far away.

The Final Cut, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

The Song is awesome. “Not Now John.” The song is about making a movie.

The Final Cut, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

“Who cares what it’s about as long as the kids (go).”

The Final Cut, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

The opening line is “Fuck all that, we’ve got to get on with these.”

The Final Cut, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

Eric’s next paragraph in the April, 1987 letter turns its attention to another Pink Floyd album, the iconic Dark Side of the Moon. He describes the songs as “very political and philosophical.”

Dark Moon, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

Dark Side of the Moon is a very good album. It’s about death and depression (The “dark side” of human nature.)

All That You Touch, Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012

One of the songs has the classic line, “All that you touch and all that you see is all that your life will ever be.”

All That You Touch, Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012

Pink Floyd tends to be very gloomy, but I like it.

Dark Moon, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

A lot of people hear listen to The Grateful Dead. I’ve heard some Dead but I don’t like it too much. Looks like I’m not going to be a “Dead Head.”

Dark Moon, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

By the way, Dark Side of the Moon ends with a faint voice in the background who states, “There is no dark side of the Moon really; as a matter of fact, it’s all dark.” Isn’t that awesome?

All That You Touch, Collage by Catherine Raine, 2012

I’ve got to go. Love, Eric.

Eric’s next letter arrived a few months later. It’s shorter than most because he was in the middle of his freshman year finals. The shape of his letters show what a hurry he was in, many of them blending together, such as the way the top of the “t” in Catherine stretches to touch the top of the “h.” The calligraphy of swiftness.

Have to Study for My Physics Final, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

Catherine,

I don’t have much time to write because I really have to study for my Physics final. I haven’t done any homework for the class and I’m about 300 page(s) behind.

Have to Study for My Physics Final, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

I feel bad about not writing you. I like you a lot and consider you a very good friend. I hope you realize that. I just noticed that every sentence in this letter begins with “I.”  Oh, well.

I Have to Study for My Physics Final, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

Do you like The Who? I think they are awesome. The reason I’m writing is because I was listening to “Behind Blue Eyes.” Have you heard the song? It reminded (me) of the conversations we used to have about me . . . . “No one knows what it’s like to be the Bad Man/to be the Sad Man/Behind Blue Eyes.”

Have to Study for My Physics Final, Collage by Catherine Raine 2012

Do you know where you are going to school for sure yet? Write back if you want — otherwise I’ll talk to you this summer. Love, Eric

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