Jimmy Page

That Time When a Rock Star Inspired the Creation of a Character

It was one of those moments I will never forget.

Mr. LaVeaux and I were watching Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” for the first time in December of 2012.

Holy crap, this band.

THIS BAND.

I’d grown up listening to this music but I’d never really seen the band perform before…not until we put the “Celebration Day” DVD on to play.

At this point in time, I’d been working on my first novel and needed a love interest for the book’s protagonist.

Cue Jimmy Page.

What better choice than an elegant, older man with style and English swagger to woo my heroine on the haunted, historic streets of Savannah, Georgia?

Thank you, Jimmy Page. You inspired the character Nigel Blackmore in my novel, Velvet, and all these years later I still think you are amazing.

The point of this short post? Never overlook anything in life. Most anything can be an inspiration for you. Whether you are a writer, artist, poet, chef, sculptor, dancer, musician…keep your eyes and ears open.

You just never know.

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Led Zeppelin – Kashmir

Let these musical wizards work their magic on your ears and your spirit.

Radio.com Minimation: Robert Plant Recalls How ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Was Written

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By Brian Ives

On Minimation, Radio.com combs through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animates interviews with legendary rock artists. In this installment, Robert Plant explains how he and Jimmy Page wrote Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven.” 

Ah, “Stairway to Heaven.” The prime jewel in the classic rock crown. For decades, it’s topped radio station polls as the greatest song of all time. Regardless of that subjective honor, it has been played on the radio millions of times in the decades since it made it’s debut on Zeppelin IV in 1971.

Jimmy Page loves the song; he performed an instrumental version of it on his solo tour in the ’80s, and may well bring it back again if he indeed tours next year. Robert Plant, on the other hand, isn’t such a fan of the song, having only performed it on rare occasions since Zep’s…

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A love of all things British

And now for something completely different…

(Who doesn’t love a clip from Monty Python’s Flying Circus?)

For as long as I can remember, I have absolutely adored everything to do with Great Britain.  I’m not sure if it’s because of my English ancestry or the fact that as a very young child I fell in love with the Beatles.  All I do know is I am crazy about any and all things British.

Give me anything from the tiny island nation – be it the music, television, books, whatever – and I will devour it.

Like most people, I have a bucket list.  Luckily, I have been able to achieve a lot of my dreams over the many years of my life.  No, they haven’t been massive dreams like climbing Everest, sailing around the world, or hiking the Appalachian Trail.  Mine have been achievable for the average, ordinary working person.  Even though I have accomplished a lot, (more…)

A new book I must get, and soon…

The legendary guitarist Jimmy Page modeling his new autobiography.

Must get the book.

Must meet the man behind the book.

Ever Fallen Under a Spell?

Do you know the feeling?  You are watching something, reading something, listening to something, then BOOM!  There it is.  You find yourself totally consumed by it.  Well, it’s almost two years now since I first sat down with the hubby to watch Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” concert video.  Oh.  My.  God.  I will never forget the way that concert struck me at first viewing, and how I found myself entranced by the legendary guitarist Jimmy Page.

It was silly, really.  I mean, come on.  I’m not a teenager anymore (thank God) and he isn’t a spring chicken himself.  But damn, he stood out like the proverbial sore thumb.

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“The creative spark”

“For anybody who is writing, whether it be the written word or music or whatever, it comes from the creative spark, really.  It’s all very spontaneous.” ~ Jimmy Page