Pink Floyd's early music was as schizophrenic as Syd Barrett was mad… Marked by nonsensical pop tunes with child like verse on one hand and free-form, instrumental space jams on the other. “See Emily Play” was Pink Floyd's second single and it was released about five weeks before my 7th birthday. Syd Barrett wrote and sang the song and it's been said that his slide guitar work on it was done using a Zippo lighter. This is quintessential British psychedelic pop — somehow both sad and happy all at the same time. I think our old Kirby vacuum cleaner started up with a sound similar to the song's opening chords… The Happy Medium Song of the Day — in this three-part tribute to Syd Barrett — is “See Emily Play” from the album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn released on Tower Records in 1967.