Syd Barrett, the "crazy diamond" who founded Pink Floyd and forever shaped their music, has passed away. For me, this is a great loss, as Pink Floyd has long been my favorite band and the source of profound inspiration, motivation, and enjoyment. Their imprint on music is inarguable.
For my part, I have distinct memories of singing Syd's lyrics during my childhood walks to school. He will forever be with me in spirit, and his influence on contemporary music—though overshadowed and likely underappreciated—will be with us for a long time to come.
Rest in peace, Syd.