I recently went through my iTunes library and created several new smart playlists: music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Upon reviewing what the smart playlists had filtered out of my collection, it became obvious where my pop/rock musical heart lies. I suppose we’re all wired to love the popular music that was on the radio during our growing up years.
Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is of course one of the great songs from the 70s, but it’s also a rarity in that it has continued to tower in every decade since. Which is why I was delighted to find that another of my favorite 70s–80s bands, Heart, performed “Stairway to Heaven” during the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, in which the remaining members of Led Zeppelin were given the coveted lifetime award.
After watching this performance, I went into the office and told my wife, “You have to watch this.” She did, and toward the end when the camera panned over to Barack and Michelle Obama, she said, “It would be worth being the President just to be able to hear this live.”
Now that’s a testament! But she’s not alone — the first comment I saw on the YouTube video page was, “É permitido homens chorarem ao ver esse clipe,” meaning, “It’s allowed for men to cry upon viewing this clip.”
(Via TYWKIWDBI, with my thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’ve already bought the song from iTunes.)