~ William Burroughs, Crawdaddy Magazine, June 1975. Rock Magic: Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, And a search for the elusive Stairway to Heaven
Mage Music 43
This week's Mage Music came about because of a birthday playlist request. You may have noticed I stopped doing playlists in these posts. I realized how much time choosing the right music takes and, as important as this blog is to me, I nevertheless decided I needed to use that time for other things. That makes this playlist a little more special.
I wanted to pick songs that have Magick for me personally (even though the list is meant for someone else), not just songs that are well performed. The songs are not necessarily beautiful, the playlist doesn't even flow well from one song to the next. I picked the songs because it seems to me in each one Jimmy Page was pushing, exploring, reaching for something deeper and more meaningful than ordinary music conveys. I chose these particular songs, too, because the more closely I listen, the more they prompt me to join in that reaching.
This made me think about Mr. Burroughs' comment about what a rock concert is about, and what music brings to us, the audience - or, more specifically, about the Magick from the audience point of view whether or not the audience is at a live concert.
But I'm not going to talk about any of that this week.
You'll have to forgive me - or be PO'd if you prefer - for my not going further with these ideas right now. I'm taking a little time off for other work. Perhaps some of you have thoughts on this - I welcome them. Right now, though, I'm leaving you with the birthday playlist and getting back to my other work. Enjoy!
|White Summer Black Mountain Side||1969 (live) Led Zeppelin June 27, 1969 London's Playhouse Theatre First released on LZ 4-disc boxed set 11/08/90|
|Lucifer Rising Outtake 2||1972 (studio) Jimmy Page, Album: Lucifer Rising|
|Guitar Solo||1977 (live) Led Zeppelin May 30, 1977 Landover MD (from bootleg Double Shot - sorry, the end of the song is cut off for some reason)|
|Cadillac||1986 (studio) The Firm, Album: Mean Business|
|Emerald Eyes||1988 (studio) Jimmy Page, Album: Outrider|
|Saccharin||1993 (studio) Jimmy Page, David Coverdale. Unreleased.|
|Domino||1999 (live) Jimmy Page, NetAid Benefit Concert. Unreleased.|
|Nobody's Fault But Mine||2007 (live) Led Zeppelin + Jason Bonham, Celebration Day O2 Concert|
|Ramble On||2008 (live) Foo Fighters, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones. Wembley Stadium.|
|Summer's Day||2011 Happy birthday, Sue Clement. Hope your day is special.|