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Heart Covers Stairway
I have a confession to make. I’ve never listened to “Stairway to Heaven” before. Don’t get me wrong, I heard it, but I never listened. Never listened to the lyrics, or paid attention to the music. Right now, my brother would be shaking his head in confusion. He’s a self-taught guitar player, singer, bass player, drummer and a major influence in the music I’ve been exposed to in life. Growing up, the music played in the house was mostly rock from the 60’s up. Both my brother and sister have great taste in music and an insatiable desire for artists who are truly good at what they do. Led Zeppelin was a familiar household name and I heard much of their music on a regular basis. The same can be said for Heart, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Morrissey, Beastie Boys, Beatles, Roy Orbison, and many others whose talent was huge. In fact, most of the bands I heard broke trends and created new conventions in music. From paving new paths for rock, to creating or inspiring new genres, these talents influenced our house nearly as much as they did the music industry. My siblings are probably to blame for my dissatisfaction with music today. They spoiled me with art.
Heart Covers Stairway
The post I originally saw this on was here. But I'm linking Heart's official channel on YouTube. You'll find it below.
It’s a great song. Great, meaningful lyrics and well composed instrumentation. If you’ve never heard “Stairway to Heaven”, you may want to check it out. If you don’t know who “Heart” is, you may want to check them out too.
Did you like this cover?
How Did I Miss It?
How can it be that with music being such a deep part of my everyday life, I never listened to Stairway? The answer is strangely simple. I never really appreciated it, so I never made it a point to listen. Stairway was on my radar. Comically, this is because of Wayne’s World. “No Stairway.” I looked at my brother and asked what the guy in the movie meant. He laughed and told me it was a song by Zeppelin. That was my first remembered exposure to it. After that, I heard little bits of it, but I just never listened. I heard snippets from time to time, but never when I was ready to focus on it. It played in the background while I was doing other things, and it was on the radio from time to time. Still, wrong place, wrong time.
So, here I am in 2013, and I just now listening to Stairway. Someone posted an article talking about Heart playing it. Again, it popped up and I didn’t have a chance to watch it. I decided it’s been long enough. I saved the link and prepared myself for a night of change. After putting kids in bed and finishing up everything else for the night, I’ve finally rectified what many people would consider a travesty.
Heart - All I Wanna Do (Is Make Love To You)
To give you a taste of Heart's own work: Possibly their most famous song, I still hear "All I Wanna Do (Is Make Love To You)" on the radio from time to time. You may also Know "Barracuda", "Crazy on You", "Alone", or a number of others that hit the top of the charts and still cycle the classic rock stations.
One of my favorite things about Heart is that their talent only improved over the years. If you listen to their old recordings versus their new work, it's very clear their love for their craft only grew.
Stairway to Heaven Live
Ever Heard Stairway?
Did you listen to "Stairway to Heaven" before today?
If you’ve ever watched TV, or a movie, or listened to music, you’ve probably come across a reference to Stairway. Led Zeppelin was so influential “back in the day” that to this day, if you’ve never heard of them, you may want to consider coming out from under that rock and do a little music research. Maybe it’s not a rock so much as a box. Open the box and have a listen to what your favorite artists are inspired by. Their music is still inspiring new musicians to pick up a guitar and sing.
Led Zeppelin has influenced our media in many ways. From the movie reference in Wayne’s World, to many musicians in many genre’s, their talent has made it’s mark on our society.
Tenacious D - Tribute
Tenacious D performed a song called "Tribute". The radio edit of the song eludes to having played "the best song in the world" but doesn't tell you anything about it. The idea being they played the best song but forgot how the song actually went. (Think "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", but more foolish and modern.)
If we watch the long version of the song, they play a section of "The Best Song in the World" and it sounds suspiciously like "Stairway to Heaven."
Skip ahead to 4:53 for the beginning of the song.
Skip ahead to 6:03 for Stairway.
Watch the whole thing to be disturbed by Jack Black and Kyle Gas in wrestling tights and sweat.
There are plenty of other references out there of course, but I'll go ahead and leave it there.
© 2013 Cole Ikerd