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Perspective

Just because these are the kinds of things which occur to me every so often, particularly when I’m 23 days from a birthday…

Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” came out in 1971. I first heard it in 1990 (eighth grade for me), nineteen years later. From my perspective, it seemed like that song was ancient, from a totally different world. However, this would analogous to a current eighth grader today hearing one of these songs for the first time today, none of which I think of as “ancient.”

Man. That’s not grey in my beard, is it?

By the way, as long as we’re on the topic, supposedly Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones want to restart Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant. All I can say is, Led Zeppelin itself came out of Page’s need to keep The Yardbirds going without, well, The Yardbirds, and that worked out okay, so maybe this will to. Loyal Soundgarden fan that I am, I cast my vote for Chris Cornell as Plant’s replacement (and, to bring it back to the original subject, I’ll note that Soundgarden’s “Hands All Over” is one of the songs on the 1989 list).

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