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:
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.