English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|Dear Mr. Waters,
My name is Daniel Furlong and I am a student in the tenth grade at Catholic Memorial High School in
West Roxbury, Massachusetts. First of all I would like to start by saying that I think all of your
work is tremendous and that I listen to your music all of the time. My main reason for writing this
letter is to extend an invitation for you to come to my school and speak to my classmates. I would
like you to come and speak to my classmates because I feel that too many kids today in my generation
do not respect or appreciate music from previous generations or even music of a different genre from
what they usually prefer.
I understand that you went to the Cambridge High School for boys with “Syd” Barrett and later to
the Regent Street Polytechnic with Nick Mason and Richard Wright, all of whom were your members in
Pink Floyd. I read that while you were at the Regent Street Polytechnic you actually studied
architecture. That’s kind of funny that all of you guys studied architecture together and then
suddenly decided to put together a rock band. I’ve also found that you are one of the very few
artists who have been able to clearly point out some of the pitfalls of modern society. I’ve also
found that many of your songs are about the World War II, in which your father, died in the British
invasions of Anzio, Italy. With you being at such a young age at the time it must have been hard not
knowing him as much as you probably would have liked to. Your life and dedication to music at all
costs is one of the main reasons I chose to write to you about the state of music today.
I personally believe that some of Pink Floyd’s greatest work came from your song writing. I can say
this because of your many masterpieces put together including, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were
Here, Animals, The Wall, and the Final Cut. One of your songs that I truly admire is “Time” from the
album Dark Side of the Moon. On particular line that I find interesting in this song is, “kicking
around on a piece of ground in your hometown, waiting for someone or something to show you the way.”
I find this line to be most interesting because I feel that it ties into why I would like to come
and speak to my classmates because in a sense my fellow classmates are actually waiting for someone
to come and show them that all music should be treated with the highest amount of respect. I feel
that someone is you.
I know that you would be able to get through to a lot of my fellow classmates regarding music
because basically your whole life was dedicated to music. I feel that you can relate to this topic
because your generations music is an example of music that is not truly appreciated. I realize that
not everyone is going to like the same things but a lot of people bad mouth other types of music
when they don’t really even know what its all about and also how much work was put into it.
If you do not come to my school generations upon generations of music will be completely lossed.
Other generations of music will be lossed because there is no appreciation for the music that people
like so much today. Finally I would just like to thank you for reading this letter. If at all
possible could you please send a response as soon as possible.
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