As the faerie legends of old will tell you, music was and still is a special part of the faerie tradition. The faerie folk love nothing more than to create and listen to enchanting music. Music and lyrics with the Faerie in mind can be found in classical compositions (Scheherazade by Rimsky Karsakov, Rusalka or The Little Mermaid by Antonin Dvorak), opera (such as Azalea’s favorite opera, The Magic Flute) to new age (Secret Garden) and even classic rock and roll songs and lyrics (Stairway to Heaven). Periodically, the Lioness will post videos of Faerie and fantasy inspired music to compliment her first book and the other books to come.
Gran is feeling in a rock and roll mood lately. The beat of the music keeps her energy pumping so she can manage her household and keep tabs on all of the grans. Her first video posting is Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. If you are one of Gussie’s young readers, just ask your grandparents about Stairway to Heaven. They’ll probably know it by heart or at least sigh heavily in remembrance of their youth when they first heard it on the Led Zeppelin album (they didn’t have CDs or Ipods back then). You’ll dig it too, as Gran would say. See if you can decipher the meaning of the lyrics.
Although a faerie may not be bustling in your hedgerow or anywhere near Brumley Hall at the moment, Stairway is unique in its use of Celtic mythology themes in the song lyrics, not to mention the amazing rendition of vocals by Robert Plant and the phenomenal gifts of Jimmy Page on guitar. John Paul Jones makes the organ sound like a flute in the live version and John Bonham keeps the perfect drum beat. By now, you’re probably rolling your eyes or yawning at my lyrical waxing of the past, but your grandparents will understand and agree. Remember, the Lioness rocks too.
Gussie has included Gran’s favorite two video versions here. The first is the Led Zepplin original on their album; the second video is a version by Ann and Nancy Wilson of the band, Heart, sung in tribute to Led Zeppelin when they received the Kennedy Center Honors award from President Obama. Both versions rock. So put on your headphones or your ear-buds and enjoy an all-time great R & R classic that evokes the mystical elements of the faerie folk. After all, every faerie tale adventure needs a little rock and roll now and again.