For The Old Hippies

Sometimes I forget just how awesome some of the songs from the 70s were. Treat yourself – take some time to kick back and enjoy Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. It brings back a lot of good memories. Please forgive my self indulgence in posting this video.

There have been some mighty horrible renditions of Led Zeppelin‘s Stairway To Heaven, but when Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart performed the song in front of the three remaining members of the legendary British rock band at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony on Dec. 2, it made Robert Plant cry tears of joy.

(The band was being honoured by President Barack Obama alongside David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman.)

Watch it and understand why. When the choir kicks in and Ann Wilson wails Plant’s famous “And as we wind on down the road…” you might shed a tear or two yourself. SOURCE

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13 Responses to For The Old Hippies

  1. timesr says:

    Shoot, they look like they’re having fun!

    Sage Reply:

    Wish I’d been there. How are you, timesr?

    timesr Reply:

    @Sage,

    I’m doing OK. I’ve been dealing with a bad trustee for the past 3.5 years and it is getting to me.

    How are you?

  2. Wizcon says:

    Igrew up in the SF Bay area and was in high school in the 60′s. This song always takes me back. Our kids who play guitar all, at some point or another, learn the riffs. Of all the people who try to cover this song, few can pull it off. She did. I can smell the acasia and bay trees in San Francisco park everytime I hear this. Thanks for the memory Sage.

    Sage Reply:

    Songs can really take us back to a time and place. I’m glad it brought back good memories for you, Wizcon!

    timesr Reply:

    @Wizcon,

    We must be close to the same age.

    That was a great time to be young in the SF bay area.

    Wizcon Reply:

    @timesr, I did not have a sense of how influential it all was until I left the area. We thought nothing of dodging Richie Havens in his corvett and sharing fish and chips with Dave Cosby in Sausalito. They were just there. My freind in high school lived out in the countryside in west Marin and they stopped sending school busses out there. Living with her grandmother, who did not drive, she had to hitch hike to school. About 10-15 miles. She often got dropped off by the “magic” psychedelic school bus of the Merry Pranksters. I used to feed the hungry runaways sleeping in the bushes.

    timesr Reply:

    @Wizcon,

    Merry Pranksters, that’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time. I met when Kesey when he was living out in LaHonda. Neal Cassady used to show up at my friend’s house in Santa Cruz.

    Wizcon Reply:

    @timesr, They tended to show up all over the place. I think that old bus is parked on a farm in Oregon.

    Sage Reply:

    Who were the Merry Pranksters?

    timesr Reply:

    @Sage,

    They were Ken Kesey’s wild and crazy friends, traveling companions, housemates – sort of like groupies, but closer.

    Wizcon Reply:

    @timesr, And they had a psychedelic school bus.http://www.google.com/search?q=merry+pranksters&hl=en&tbo=u&qscrl=1&rlz=1T4AURU_en___US499&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=GCT8UJXjFcLnqgHPiIHwBg&sqi=2&ved=0CEMQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=625

    Sage Reply:

    I vaguely remember the school bus. Thanks for the info, timesr and Wizcon.

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