Mourning Pink Floyd Keyboardist and Founding Member Richard Wright

It seems as if this has been a harder year than most in terms of rock and roll related deaths, and today I am sorry to say that that trend continues with another major loss. Richard Wright, keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd passed away yesterday at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer.

I don't even know where to begin when discussing the magic of Wright's keyboard work with Pink Floyd, the overall impact of the band as a whole or the sadness I feel in the wake of his death. His keyboard textures and unique blend of atmospheric sounds with more jazz influenced styles are a huge part of why Pink Floyd songs are such compelling, engrossing soundscapes. Such an incredibly talented musician, and one of the driving forces behind Pink Floyd's signature style and sound from the very beginning, Wright's impact on rock and roll will not be one that fades quickly.

Instead of words, I think the best way to mourn Richard Wright is actually to listen to a song that he and Roger Waters wrote for a particularly well known Pink Floyd album. A song about death and loss, and one that seems thoroughly appropriate: "The Great Gig in the Sky". If you don't have a copy of this song, I recommend you seek one out and take it's almost 5 minute running time as a moment of of tribute to an amazing musician.

The Soul of Rock 'n' Roll offers it's condolences to all the friends and family of Mr. Wright during this trying time, as well as to Pink Floyd fans across the globe.

Richard Wright, you will be greatly missed, but your spirit will always live on through your music.

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