Jeff Lybarger's Song OF The Day

Subj: Song of the day V Date: 96-11-29 21:02:14 EST From: OUTRIDERJL@AOL.COM (Jeff Lybarger)
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Greetings, I'm thinking of only doing this "song" Monday-Friday. So many posts on the weekend to read through. You decide if it goes 5 days or 7 days a week. OK, I lied, this will be another long one, but please stay with me, I feel very inspired this evening, feeling better after having been very sick last 4 days. If you don't have the time, skip this and come back later, if you do, welcome, come on in, tonights song comes to us from the soundtrack to "The Song Remains The Same", Disc 1, track 04, clocking in at 8:24 of pure bliss. I give you..."The Rain Song".

We hear one of those beautiful long "aaahhhhhhhhh's" of Roberts leading us out of "Song Remains" and into our evenings choice. Jimmy enters with those majestic chords, so beautiful, his playing so inspired. Never forget when I first learned to play this, it's in one of Jimmy's famous tunings, I would literally play this over and over for hours, never tiring of the beauty in his music.

I said I wouldn't do this, but the lyrics here are so wonderfully written I have to:

     It is the spring time of my loving

     The second season... I am to know
     You are the sunlight in my growing
     So little warmth,  I've felt before
     Ahhhh  it isn't hard to feel me glowing
     I watch the fire, that grew so low
And right now you can hear Jimmy picking so delicately those notes. Can't you?

A quick story to explain what this song means to me. When I was a senior in high school I had a close friend named Breena. We were never more than close friends, and never less than great friends. She and I had a lot in common, including our love of rain. You know that fresh smell after a spring rain, everything is so peaceful then, and you feel at one with nature. One day Breena and I took a stroll through this park after such a rain storm, just talking, silly things, important things. We came to a bridge (no not that one) and sat down with our feet dangling off the edge and just enjoyed some quiet time in the midst of mother nature.

It doesn't seem like much, but it was to have a huge impact on both of us. A few years ago, having not seen her in 7 or 8 years, we ran into each other and started reflecting on the past, and we both agreed that of all the thousands of things we had done, that day in the park was our favourite memory. A special moment with a friend, lost in the blink of an eye, yet lingering forever.

When Robert sings ..."upon us all, ahhh a little rain must fall" most people would think in a negative way, (Yeah it had to rain today), some would say he's just commenting on the proverbial roller-coaster that life is. You have ups, downs, and moments in between. To me it means that in our life we will have precious few moments of bliss. Everything stops, there is no time, you are lost completely in a certain event. And if you're lucky, truly lucky, you will have someone there to share in that moment. Might not make sense to some, unless you love the rain, and have close friend who feels the same.

"Johhhhhnnn, talk to me, talk to me" Robert cries as the song begins to explode. And Mr. Bonham answers with a thunderous roar. I can't say enough about John Bonham, he was bloody amazing. Listen to what he does here. Drumming that speaks all on its own. Then, just as quickly we are back to that tranquil, soft Page guitar. Robert closes out the lyrics, and Page takes us home with a mesmerising finger picked finale.

THIS is Zeppelins song of "hope". It is them touching us in a way they never did before or since. They are letting us inside, only briefly, but the time spent there is quite incredible. To me this song speaks of warm memorys in the past, and the promise of those in the future. A truly inspired effort, where music and emotion meet in the middle for all to see. A song of love, a song of hope, a song of longing, a song of reflecting, but more than a song really. A gift, a gift ... from the heart.

Till Monday (or tomorrow if you so desire)

Rock on,
Jeff

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