February 24, 2006

Nine GLORIOUS seconds

I am in such a *ridiculously* good mood today. The sun is shining, the honeysuckle is blooming at Santa Clara, I had a nice lunch with my grandpa, who tells elaborate stories which include sentences (in his Georgia drawl) like, “I surely would like a nice hot dog.” And I have been sauntering around campus with my iPod and listening over and over to one of my favorite songs EVER, one that I could listen to and NEVER get tired of it: Over The Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin.

Let me tell you why I love this amazing, unbelievable song. It builds from a lovely little simple bluesy riff at the start, the vocals gently start in, then at 1:15 (on the version I have) there is a little bridge, and you know, you KNOW that the burst is coming, the song breaks into glorious, insane, fabulous rock. I myself always get this enormous goofy smile of anticipation during those 9 glorious seconds between 1:15 and 1:24. I defy you to listen to it and not rawk out and FEEL IT deep inside your soul.

And then after all the beautiful sonic madness, wicked guitar solos, thundering drums, it deconstructs back down to the same perfect little riff, and you’re done. It is ABSOLUTELY one of THE best songs to listen to on a day like today. It almost makes me want to explode in its perfection.

Over The Hills And Far Away” – Led Zeppelin

From the How The West Was Won live CD (recorded in 1972)

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  • thats so weird – i was just playing this song on the guitar no less than 5 minutes ago.
    great great great song.

    Don't Need Anything — February 24, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

  • I really like your blog, Your list of favorite movies hits like 9 of mine as well. Are you in Santa Clara CA?

    Jason — February 24, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

  • Zeppelin = SICKKKK

    i must get this dvd/cd

    Satisfied '75 — February 24, 2006 @ 7:28 pm

  • Nice pick on the Zeppelin, and an interesting review, way to break it down.

    Jason — February 24, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

  • “I surely would like a nice hot dog.”

    I love it! My grandpa’s from Georgia as well, I can hear him saying this.

    As always, you rule.

    brian — February 25, 2006 @ 5:47 am

  • This song is just so fucking great. If you wanna hear some modern rockers, check out Black Mountain.

    Ekko — February 26, 2006 @ 4:04 am

  • Led Zeppelin is the original Heavy Metal band.
    All others are posers.

    Try Whole Lotta Love sometime.

    But whatever you do don’t listen to ZZ Top when you’re drivin your car or you WILL get a Ticket.

    Anonymous — March 1, 2006 @ 11:30 pm

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