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Led Zeppelin Then
Led Zeppelin Now
My favorite Led Zeppelin song is Kashmir, from the 1975 released album Physical Graffiti. At over 8 minutes in length it was doubtful to get much radio play. That turned out to be wrong.
The song was written over a three year period by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Bonham. It features Bonham's drums through phasing, an alternative tuning of Jimmy's guitar and overlaying meters. Musically complex? Yes. But for me it is the feeling I get when I hear the song that takes me right back to that year. Lying on the floor, headphones on, eyes closed, and letting my mind wander as I took it all in. And for me that is psychedelic. Plant's voice soothes, caresses, and soars throughout the song.
I never had the chance to see Led Zeppelin in concert, although I'd dreamed about it for years. Then in 2007 it was announced the group would reunite for a one night performance in London. Tickets would be made available by a lottery system and anyone could apply. My husband and I eagerly filled out our online applications, fingers crossed and hopeful thoughts. Yeah, us and 20 million others who had the same dream as we all vied for one of the 18,000 tickets. Alas, it was not to be. Fortunately, I did get to see Robert Plant with Band of Joy recently and it fulfilled some of that desire. He was relaxed, smiled, and was in perfect voice. Pinch me.
Then came the announcement that the night was filmed and would be released on DVD. We immediately did the pre-order and waited somewhat impatiently for the November 19th release date.
The night before Thanksgiving I was buzzing around the kitchen preparing for my family's arrival the next day. Hubby says: Hon-can we take a break? The new DVD is here!
The table setting could wait. We lowered the lights, cranked up the surround sound and sub-woofer thumping settled in with the band. This was as close as I could get to seeing them in person and it did not disappoint. It was a great mix of the songs we've loved our whole lives. While original drummer John Bonham is long deceased , his son Jason sat in quite solidly with the band on drums. Residing in a father/son drum household myself this was heart-warming to see. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones may be a bit older, grayer, and a few more lines in face--but the energy and musicality have not diminished a bit.So many great performances--if you are any fan of LZ at all, I urge you to see it.
For now, let me share my favorite with you.