Forty years ago today Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven debuted on the band’s fourth album. Let’s slide right by the fact that the song is about a drug connection and to the fact that, according to experts in a wide range of music, Heaven is the greatest rock and roll song (some say the greatest song) of all time. One reviewer said it was the closest music has ever come to reproducing an orgasm.
Mmmmmm…..I’ll be back in a minute, let’s see if I can find that CD.
OK, I’m back!
For those of you who automatically chose, Happy Birthday to You!, as the greatest song, God Bless you. You can close your books and go wait outside for your parents to come pick you up.
I don’t know if I’m on the greatest song bandwagon—or even the greatest rock and roll song—but I know it can be a wonderful positive message song if you listen with different ears.
Here’s the question: What is your stairway to heaven?
We all have one. Is it a relationship? Money, or the pursuit of money? Sex? Adrenaline rushes? Being right? Spiritual awareness? Going to a specific place? Being with a certain person?
Sometimes we don’t know our stairway to heaven and we have to have the faith that, “the piper will lead us to reason.” So, who or what is your piper? We all have one. What or who is a driving force for you? Is it “the norm,” “the status quo,” and “traditional values?” Or, is it being “different,” “one of a kind,” “an artist?”
Our piper is often based on the image we hold of who we are. And, that leads to how we frame, experience and pursue life.
Better, though, that we choose as our piper the person we hope ourselves to be; the image that is the happiest, most positive, best we can be.
Which leads to my favorite two lines in the song:
“Yes. There are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”
Ultimately, as Jimmy Page yells at the beginning of the song, “It’s a song of hope!”
If you don’t have the song handy play it on your computer sometime today for no other reason than as a tribute to the good rock and roll has done in the last 60 years.
Oh yeah, and you might want to play it in private….just in case.