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How about merely the guitar solo ?

Yesterday, during my perusal of my reader feeds, I came upon a plethora of amateur videos from the Led Zeppelin concert at the O2 in England. I found one of “Stairway to Heaven” and posted it here. YouTube may have pulled that video (as Sunni says in her comment here). I don’t blame YouTube. I doubt they came up with the plan to pull so many amateur videos. They get their traffic from hosting them. I offer here another piece, this one of only the solo from “Stairway,” to take the unavailable one’s place:

I have a few more supplementary Led Zeppelin links and some additional comments below.

First, it sounds as though Jimmy Page’s finger has healed. Here’s a much earlier and longer version of that solo; plus, the entire song with an accompanying picture, which may make the use a “fair use.”

I suppose that “Stairway” may rank as my favorite Led Zeppelin piece, though I seldom enjoy picking any small subset of my favorite things. Led Zeppelin epitomizes an era for me, the era when I entered adulthood. I love the band and their music, not more than any other; however, they would reside in most short lists I might reluctantly make.

My son, Joe, has lately entered that same era of early adulthood. For a while now he has found his own favorite music, which has its own distinctive character different from my old favorites. However, he grew up hearing many of my favorites and likes them too.

He now plays the guitar and does quite well at it, something I never accomplished. He even does a fair acoustic version of “Stairway.” I believe it was one of the milestones he set for himself at one time. I e-mailed him a link to my blog entry and an amateur video of “Black Dog” from O2 as well. I listed “Black Dog” first as he and I have joked about Bob Plant’s “gibberish” at one point in that piece. He looked and listened to “Black Dog” but kept “Stairway” for later. I guess he may not get to see it now.

I have a vague memory of reading a short story once (maybe one of Shaun Saundersshort pieces) about erasing personal memories to satisfy copyright holders. (Maybe my memories of that story have been partially erased without me knowing, which sounds like a Philip K. Dick story.) However, I can’t find the memory erasure story online now with a casual Google search.

I doubt any Led Zeppelin members requested pulling amateur videos from YouTube. As this sort of corporatist interference in everyday life advances I continue to wonder how many parasites actual producers can tolerate. When will people develop a more organized resistance to artificially contrived scarcity, or as some people call it: “intellectual property” ?


Comment from Sunni
Time December 13, 2007 at 7:39 pm

I remember that story of Shaun’s too, Tom; I think it was on AntiSF, and is also in his new book, Navigating in the New World.

Comment from Sunni
Time December 13, 2007 at 7:41 pm

I remember that story of Shaun’s too, Tom; it was probably featured a while back and AntiSF. It’s also in his new book, Navigating in the New World, which is being sold at

Comment from Tom
Time December 13, 2007 at 7:57 pm

What’cha think of my new winter look? Awfully blue, eh? I like blue.

Comment from Sunni
Time December 14, 2007 at 9:18 am

Nice mix of blues … but what is the background? Looks kinda odd to me—not unpleasant, just odd.

Comment from Tom Ender
Time December 14, 2007 at 7:04 pm

It’s taken from a field of snow, probably with some animal tracks in it — likely a rabbit — and maybe some blown leaf marks, then GIMPed about some with a few color tools (increased the blue/cyan somewhat) and made seamless for background use.

Julie said it reminded her a bit of sheet music. I guess using some imagination I can see that.

I like the snowy oaks. They aren’t the ones from our back yard, but look much like both those and the ones that I used in the autumn layout.

Comment from Tom
Time December 15, 2007 at 9:33 pm

I released the first comment above by Sunni from things Akismet caught and marked as “Spam.” That was the first false positive I’ve seen from Akismet. Commenters should be able to use links as she did without problems. On that same topic, the first item of what I considered actual spam got through Akismet today too. Not Akismet’s best day.

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