Jeff Lybarger's Song OF The Day

Subj: Song of the day VIII (Special Edition I)
Date: 96-12-04 22:28:01 EST
From: OUTRIDERJL@AOL.COM (Jeff Lybarger)
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Well, here we are, and I see that a few of you (Jeremy) have already touched on what this day means. A sad day to be sure, and everyone playing a song in unison is a great idea. But, instead of any Zep song how about the one and only "Moby Dick", your favourite version, bootleg, or studio, this would be cool. As for the song of the day, well, we're gonna skip that today and do something different. I hope this works. Today, in loving memory of rocks best drummer EVER, an open letter to John Henry Bonham.


    Dear Mr. Bonham,


      First of all, a hearty hello to you. It's been 16 years and a couple of
months since you left us, and yet it seems like just yesterday sometimes. As
I sit here typing you this letter I have beside my computer a picture of you
playing in concert and a live "Moby Dick" on the stereo. A thousand thoughts
run through my mind. So much has been said about you in the last 16 years
what could I possibly do to add to it. I thought I would fill you in on some
things that have happened and try to express how much your musicianship means
to me.


      Words can't begin to describe what you meant to the three bandmates of
yours in Zeppelin. They knew there was no way possible to continue without
you on drums, and in these last 16 years they have only stepped onto a stage
and allowed themselves to be referred to as "Led Zeppelin" one time, and that
was with your son Jason behind the kit.


      My God the power you had in your hands. You surely inspired thousands
of kids to learn the drums, and thousands more to quit. Songs like "Achilles
Last Stand", "In My Time Of Dying", "Poor Tom", "We're Gonna Groove",
"Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Song Remains The Same", "Carouselambra" and "When
The Levee Breaks", just to name a few. Absolutely amazing display of drumming.
You played as if every night was your last and never failed to thrill fans
everywhere. Live, when you played "Moby Dick" with your hands, too cool mate,
too cool.


     The legacy of Zeppelin has grown and grown, the music just thrives and
continues to inspire new generations of fans. In November a gentleman from
Canada put together a Zepfest week-end in Cleveland, Oh. You would have loved
to see all the people there, from all over the world, with one thing in mind,
to celebrate the music you helped create. I met a nice lady there named
Connie who had taken a trip to England this past summer, she had lots of
photos including some of your tombstone. It was sad to look at those
pictures, but at the same time it was nice to see your final resting spot.
It's really pretty there.


     One of the neatest things about the convention was all the young kids,
18,19 20 years old who are carrying on the Zeppelin torch. They know more
about the ' 69 tour than you and the others can even remember, and they
weren't even born when that tour happened. As I said, the music continues to
inspire.


     Jimmy and Robert spent about 14 years doing solo albums and such, then
finally hooked up again for an album and a tour. The shows were great and
they had a really good drummer named Michael Lee. He may have learned some of
your licks John, but he still has a way to go. Your son Jason put out a
really good album called "Disregard of Timekeeping", you would have been
proud. You left him one helluva legacy to follow and at times it's been
uphill for him, but I think he'll be alright.


       In closing I just want to say that you touched a lot of people with
your music, millions of people. So many great stories about you that come to
mind. Like the one they were talking about the other day on DG, ( a place
were Zep fans meet on the internet), someone asked you about the four symbols
on the IVth album and you said, "Bloody hell if I know, ask those two wankers
over there". Speaking of your symbol, I thought the meaning behind it was so
cool. Three interlocking circles, representing you, Pat(wife) and your only
child at the time, Jason. Quite symbolic of the man you were.


      Wherever you are right now and whatever you may be doing, I hope you
are aware that your music lives on, and I hope you know that your family
misses you, and so do your millions of fans. On this day we raise a glass and
salute you, John Henry Bonham, the greatest drummer we've ever had the
pleasure of listening to. Rock on my friend, rock on.


     " We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend, and the deep
respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony
felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not
continue as we were."

Led Zeppelin December 4, 1980

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