Start the Video before you begin reading, okay? – Indy
Wizard of Ads partner Steve Rae – the builder of Wizard Academy’s Steve Rae Plaza, Where Music Fills the Air – sent us the link to this story and video posted by Barbara Diamond.
IN A NUTSHELL: Led Zeppelin attended the Kennedy Center Honors. In this video you’ll see the whole band, old men now, witness perhaps the greatest interpretation of that song ever sung. The song begins slow and mournful with Ann Wilson, then begins building energy and rage with rhythm and tempo changes and the addition of new instruments. The camera gives us glimpses of Robert Plant, the writer of Stairway to Heaven in 1971, as all of these events occur. The performance brings him to tears. Whatever you do, don’t bail out thinking “I get it.” No, you don’t really get it until shortly after 4:00 when things happen that Robert Plant never imagined back in ’71. The character arc of the song moves from lost and lonely, sad and mournful, to something else entirely. Triumph maybe? I don’t know. But it rocks.
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