This week I chose to write about one of my favourite songs. This song is from, in my opinion, the greatest rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin. Their music led a revolution in the industry. No longer was music a market with rules and expectations, it was, like the times of the early 70s and late 60s, free.

Led Zeppelin is an english rock band which was formed in 1968. it consisted of Robert Plant on vocals, Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on keyboard and bass, and John Bonham on drums. Individually, they are all known seen in their mastery as "one of the best", however, together...that's where the magic really happened.

Before producing their best album to date, Led Zeppelin n.4, the album released 3 other albums. However, Led Zeppelin's fourth album was special not only for the fans, but also for the critics, as it was seen as their first critically acclaimed album. This is because Led Zeppelin's early development of Hard Rock music, was seen as just excessive noise and screaming from the critics. Yet, their fourth ab´album was acclaimed for the diversity of each song, in particular, Stairway to Heaven.

The song, Going to California, is reportedly about Canadian singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. In fact, during live performances, Plant would usually say the name Joni after this stanza:

To find a queen without a king,
They say she plays guitar and cries and sings.

However, others say that this song is actually about the craziness of California and how hard it was for the band to find themselves in the midst of this eccentric and lively town. Plant stated that the song was about "Me reflecting on the first years of the group, when I was only about... 20, and was struggling to find myself in the midst of all the craziness of California and the band and the groupies... "

Overall, this song is a great example of the genius that was Led Zeppelin. The soft yet strong vocals of Robert Plant with the accompany of Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on acoustic is simply beautiful. I highly recommend this for when you want to dig into music that you sometimes take for granted. Plant's lyrics are always extremely interesting to analyse.

Many Believe that Led Zeppelin is just another hard rock band with no backbone. However, in my opinion, Led Zeppelin is not just a band but also an essence. there aren't many bands which are able to create a sound that is completely their own. Yet, in a time when originality was exploding, Led Zeppelin were still able to stick out like a soar thumb. The best soar thumb in rock history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cfc3rCQOuU


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(Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon

Although his solo legacy was cut short by Mark Chapman, the late legend that is John Lennon was able to create a fast and strongly built respect by the crowd as a solo act.

By the late 60s The Beatles were starting to develop into a more freely-created musical band. Their last album, Let It Be, was a major success as it opened the people back to their music. This was a big deal as it seemed like their music was no longer heavily affected by their record company. However in the September of 1969 The Beatles officially broke up.

Thanks to this many rumours arose due to how unexpected it was. As the members of the band decided to not address the reason for their break up, the main speculation created by the crowd was that Yoko Ono, the spouse of Lennon, was the reason. Although hatred began to spring towards Yoko Ono, many of the fans decided to hate Lennon too. This posed a dilemma for Lennon as he strongly believed that his career was over.

But Lennon came back.

By the end of the same year of 69, he released his first solo album , Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins. This album jumped him back to the charts but he did not stop.

The song I picked for today is, (Just Like) Starting Over from his last album, Double Fantasies. Even though, the album was poorly received at first, upon his death, 3 weeks after the release, the album sky-rocketed, becoming No. 1 in the US and No.2 in the UK. It was an important album for Yoko and John as it was the second album on which they worked together. This harmony of souls can be heard to this day.

Although the song's origins were in unfinished demo compositions like "Don’t Be Crazy" and "My Life", it was one of the last songs to be completed in time for the Double Fantasy sessions. “We didn’t hear it until the last day of rehearsal,” producer Jack Douglas said in 2005. Lennon finished the song while on holiday in Bermuda, and recorded it at The Hit Factory in New York City just weeks later. The original title was to be "Starting Over". "(Just Like)" was added at the last minute because a country song of the same title had recently been released by Tammy Wynette

The song is evident to be about Yoko. The song is about how, although their love has lasted a while already, every time he sees Yoko its "starting over". It is a beautiful piece about true love and a perfect example of how important Yoko was for Lennon. Without Yoko it is easy to say that a lot of his solo hits would have never been created, as it is noted that he was highly inspired, affected and motivated by her.

I personally love this piece because of the fantastic lyrics. It is great and powerful song. I love the simplicity of it and how it seems he was inspired by 50s music with this blues beat and bulky tones. It is a great song to listen to whenever you need to smile for no reason and it stimulates you to think about the important people in your life.It stimulates you to take nothing for granted. Although we have been together for a while and it is beginning to be repetitive, it is the best repetition he has ever felt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZCxyOcvp5A

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road                 - Elton John

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is an all time classic. Known for being one of the best songs ever made by the legendary song-writer, Elton John, this song lucky accompanies an album to the same level of competency. I say this because, unfortunately, although Elton John has made some amazing songs he was never able to create a well-rounded and balanced album...before this one.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is his seventh studio album released in 1973. the album sold over 30 million copies all-over the world. The song, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", was originally written by Bernie Taupin, with music from Elton John. The song is heavily influenced by 1970s Soft Rock and is widely regarded by critics and listeners alike, as Elton John's best song. by the winter of '73 the song had already reached the top tens in the UK and USA.

The song is directly taken from the scenes of the classic 1938 movie, "The Wizard of Oz", as it was apparently Bernie Taupin's favourite movie. The lyrics describe wanting to go back to a simpler existence after living what the narrator thought was the good life, but realizing they had simply been treated like a pet.

Personally, I have listened to this song over 20 times in the past two weeks and every time I listen to it, I find one more thing that I like about it. It's a great listen for when you want to relax with a smile on your face as you recall simpler times.

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