My Quest for Beauty – Stairway to Heaven on Earth (Day 20)

On 13 January 2013 by Carolien Geurtsen

hero to the rescue Stairway to heaven on Earth

My 365 days Quest for Beauty, Health and Inner Peace is slowly but steady and step by step taking shape…

Thanks a million to Aldith Hunkar for bringing the Kennedy Center Honors to my attention. Apart from the likes for Led Zeppelin we share, we have a huge crush for Robert Plant in common as well which was good for soem giggles on Facebook. And I am ever so grateful for this inspirational gift another good friend gave me yesterday by asking if I could extract a Power Point Presentation into the individual pictures for her. It brought me back to the 3D Pavement Art of Julian Beever – Brilliant, I knew some already and others are delightfully new. And they really make me happy, and glad to be of help (to my friend) at the same time.

After mentioning yesterday how important it is that I keep into mind I really really should listen to the music I love and to the music I might start to fall in love with once I listen, I opened the actual link to Heart performing Stairway to Heaven from Led Zeppelin, one of the songs which touched me all those years ago so deeply, never stopped to touch me,  and really really helped me trough many a sleepless night.
Cause loneliness and hopelessness have been a close companions since I can remember my life unfolding. As much as this might sound sad or dramatic, and it has been by times,  it is now purely a fact I have to learn to come to terms with.
And it is by no means lessening the joy and importance of the years, times and moments of pleasure and utter happiness I have known as well…

Let this story of my own 365 days Quest unfold and unravel itself with yet again some crusaders in the history of music…

On Dec. 26 the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors was aired on national television for the first time on CBS. During the event, which took place at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart performed Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” with Jason Bonham on drums.

The honor is given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture and in 2012 the surviving members of Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant) were among those honored. During their segment, the Foo Fighters performed “Rock and Roll,” Lenny Kravitz performed “Whole Lotta Love,” and Kid Rock performed both “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and “Ramble On”.

The performance of “Stairway to Heaven” began with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart performing the song with a backing band, which included Jason Bonham on drums. He is the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who passed away in 1980. As the song progressed, back-up singers, a string section, and the Joyce Garrett Youth Choir came on stage to help perform “Stairway to Heaven”.

The choir members and Jason Bonham were wearing bowler hats, which was a tribute to the band’s late drummer John Bonham. Throughout the performance lead vocalist Robert Plant was noticeably moved, and towards the end of the song he had tears in his eyes.

Jason Bonham loved the fact that Led Zeppelin didn’t know he’d be drumming on Stairway To Heaven at their Kennedy Center tribute night, hosted by US President Barack Obama. Bonham performed with Heart and an all-star band — and the first Plant, Page and Jones knew of it was when they saw him walk on stage.
He said: “It was so incredible to see their faces, sat there next to the president. The guys knew who was playing — but they didn’t know I would be on drums. Their faces lit up, and the smiles and tears… It was fantastic. What a way to close the show!”


From Smile Tune Age You Tube Channel 
The above vid is the full Monty and here underneath is the sec Stairway to Heaven part, but if you want to see the entree of Jason as well, than watch from the 1st second – else  check in on 14.53 min in the upper.

Sunnier Days will come again

Sunnier Days will come again

I am off to Thialf now – skating, watching it actually, some championship I look forward to very much – mostly because of the atmosphere in total.

Love you,

PS which reminds me, I expect a letter from Karin Winters today – in bofform. Can’t wait.

Leuk om te horen wat jij er van vind. Alvast bedankt!

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