In Memoriam – Stairway To Heaven

In Memoriam – Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven
Released November 1971
Voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs

In Memoriam – Stairway To Heaven – Note

“Stairway to Heaven” is described as progressive rock, and hard rock.

The song consists of several distinct sections, beginning with a quiet introduction on a finger-picked six-string guitar and four recorders in a Renaissance music style and gradually moving into a slow electric middle section, then a long guitar solo (5:34–6:44), before the faster hard rock final section, ending with a short vocals-only epilogue. Robert Plant sings the opening, middle and epilogue sections in his mid vocal range, but sings the hard rock section in his higher range which borders on falsetto.

Another interesting aspect of the song is the timing of the lead-up to the famous guitar solo. While staying in 4/4 throughout this section, most of the accents shift to the eighth notes. This makes the rhythm figure challenging for some musicians, but adds a feeling of anticipation to the approaching guitar solo.

Jimmy Page has likened the song to a sonic orgasm.

In Memoriam – Stairway To Heaven – Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone in 1975, “We were careful to never release it as a single.” So, Led Zeppelin refused to release the song as a single, which forced buyers to buy the entire album. Despite pressure from Atlantic Records, the band would not authorise the editing of the song for single release, making “Stairway to Heaven” one of the most well-known and popular rock songs never to have been released as a single.

Jimmy Page: How Stairway to Heaven was written – BBC News

Subscribe to BBC News Stairway to Heaven was one of the biggest rock songs of the 1970s – loved, imitated and sometimes parodied. Now Led Zeppelin’s classic track is back on the turntable, on a re-mastered version of the band’s fourth album.

The band’s final performance of the song was in Berlin on 7 July 1980, which was also their last concert until 10 December 2007 at London’s O2 Arena; the version was the longest, lasting almost fifteen minutes, including a seven minute guitar solo.

In Memoriam – John Bonham

In Memoriam – John Bonham

John Henry Bonham
May 31 – 1948 – Died September 25 – 1980
English musician and songwriter, Drummer for the British rock band Led Zeppelin.

In Memoriam – John Bonham – Legacy

Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast bass drumming, distinctive sound, and “feel” for the groove. He is regarded by many as the greatest and most influential rock drummer of all time.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 1 in their list of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time”.

In Memoriam – John Bonham – Death

On 24 September 1980, Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals at Bray Studios for a tour of North America, to begin 17 October in Montreal, Canada – the band’s first since 1977. During the journey, Bonham asked to stop for breakfast, where he drank four quadruple vodka Screwdrivers (16 shots between 400–560 ml, also equivalent to 9-13 American standard drinks).

The Death of John Bonham (Mini-Documentary)

This is a bit of a different thing from what I usually upload: a little retrospective on the death of John Bonham and his significance to the rest of the band. I edited this clip together in 2015.

He then continued to drink heavily after arriving at rehearsals. The band stopped rehearsing late in the evening and then went to Page’s house, the Old Mill House in Clewer, Windsor. After midnight on Thursday, 25 September, Bonham fell asleep; someone took him to bed and placed him on his side. Led Zeppelin tour manager Benji LeFevre and John Paul Jones found him unresponsive the next afternoon.

Bonham was later pronounced dead at 32 years old.

In Memoriam – Heath Ledger

In Memoriam – Heath Ledger

Heath Andrew Ledger
Born April 4, 1979 – Died January 22, 2008
Australian actor and director

In Memoriam – Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight – Preparation

During a span of six weeks, Ledger “locked” himself away in a hotel room, forming a character diary and experimenting with voices.

“It’s a combination of reading all the comic books I could that were relevant to the script and then just closing my eyes and meditating on it,” he said about his process. The diary contains scrawling and cuttings inside. Christopher Hooton, writing for The Independent, said that the ‘Joker journal’ had several stills from Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange, joker cards, photos of hyenas, unhinged clown makeup and the word “chaos” highlighted in green.

Heath Ledger’s Preparation For The Joker’s Character

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Furthermore, it contains a list of things the Joker would find funny, such as AIDS, landmines, and geniuses suffering brain damage. It was revealed that Ledger had read Grant Morrison’s writing of The Clown at Midnight (Batman #663) and based the list upon the Batman writer’s prose.

In Memoriam – Heath Ledger – “Joker”

Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker received critical acclaim.

It won numerous posthumous awards for his performance, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role,the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, and a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards.

The Dark Knight (clip5) -“If you’re good at something, never do it for free”

Description 0:00 “Rest assured, your money is safe” 1:33 “How about a magic trick” 2:06 “proposition” group-therapy sessions -that’s cute~ “true colors?” yellow?


“Drive” – Ben Orr

Ben Orr (Benjamin Orzechowski)
Born September 8, 1947 – Died October 3, 2000
American musician, singer, bassist, co-founder of the rock band the Cars.

“Drive” – Ben Orr – Death

In April 2000, Orr was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was hospitalized, though he continued to perform in concerts with the band Big People through the summer at music festivals and state fairs. He reunited with The Cars one last time in Atlanta, for an interview that was included in the Rhino Records concert video The Cars Live.

His final public appearance was on September 27, 2000, in a Big People concert in Anchorage, Alaska. He died at home in Atlanta on October 3, aged 53, surrounded by fellow Big People band members Jeff Carlisi, Derek St. Holmes and Rob Wilson. Manager David Tedeschi was not present, but was devastated by the loss of his best friend. Orr was survived by his son Ben.

Ric Ocasek wrote and recorded the song “Silver,” which was his musical tribute to Orr. It appeared on Ocasek’s 2005 solo album, Nexterday. The Cars reunited 10 years after Orr’s death, and released their seventh studio album Move Like This in May 2011. Orr was given special thanks in the liner notes: “Ben, your spirit was with us on this one.”

“Drive” – Ben Orr – Video

“Drive” is a 1984 song by The Cars, the third single from the band’s Heartbeat City album released in March 1984 and their biggest international hit.


Check out our killer New Wave playlist on Spotify! – – – – Watch the official video for The Cars – “Drive”. Release in 1984, it is the third single from the band’s Heartbeat City album and their biggest international hit. Lead vocals are sung by bassist Benjamin Orr.

Written by Ric Ocasek, the track was sung by bassist Benjamin Orr and produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange with the band.

“Dear Me” – Reenie’s Song

… My mother, Noreen A. Whalen, passed away on December 20, 2011 …
… My mother, Noreen A. Whalen, was born on January 6, 1935 …
… I can write those dates without a blink of an eye or a second thought …
… I just can’t write anything further about my mom …

… and I remember my mom (and dad) every day …
… and I remember her crying when she found out her brother had died in 1974 …
… and I remember her teaching me how to iron in 1976 …
… and I remember her talking to me in the hospital in 2011 …
… and I remember my sister reading my mom’s eulogy on December 29, 2011 …
… and I remember her favorite song from 1972 …

Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again (original version)

enjoy. gilbert o’sullivans alone again in its original form. not that cruddy kareoke version with redubbed crap over the original. this is the real deal LIVE with flutes and all.

… and I remember …