February 3rd, 2007

tsmith

Stairway to Heaven

I love music. I collected albums in the 80's and have an extensive cd collection. Music can provide a wonderful snapshot of the times. Also over time one's musical tastes can change. I sometimes wax nostalgic for groups that I thought were lame back when I was in high school, and to a lesser extent, college. I heard some Heaven 17 on XM the other day and kicked myself for selling the album while in college.

I also like to take little musical trips that I call "spinning." I start off with a song in my head, I play that cut, and then try to follow that song up with a perfect companion. I pretend that I am a radio DJ, playing a mix of songs that all blend into a wonderful tapestry. This is so not like current stations that try to be "just like an iPod on shuffle" and play a whole bunch of random shit.

Last night I was winding my way down a path of mellow rock with the likes of Keane and Travis which lead to jazz influenced rock like Steely Dan, Soul Coughing, and even Frank Zappa. This lead to Yes and Traffic. The perfect follow-up song to the flute-rich Traffic song (from Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys) was Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." Growing up, this song was notorious for being the most over-played song in rock history. I, myself, hadn't played it in several years. As I closed my eyes and re-discovered the melody I realized that the song was 35 years old!!! I wondered what does the current generation thinks about that song. I know that I generally had a strong dislike for 50's music when I was in college in the 80's. It was oldies! Ick! And now here I was grooving out to to a song just like a baby-boomer would be to Elvis or Buddy Holly.

I guess I can take some comfort that I do like modern rock as well as the oldies. I like the Killers, the Raconteurs, Modest Mouse, etc.