Stairway to Heaven: Forty Years Later

As most people do, I spend my life in a busy pursuit of this or that goal. I enjoy the hell out of every day. But in the busyness of it all it’s easy to forget that life comes to an end pretty quickly. It’s very human to be consumed with thoughts of own mortality, and it’s also very human to completely ignore such thoughts instead preferring the comfort of an aimless conversation.

Anyway, the following performance of Stairway to Heaven by Heart in front of the band that wrote it, 40 years earlier reminded me of just how quick life goes by. There’s something very relatable about the image of Robert Plant looking over the greatest creation of his life with a mix of pride and sadness…

By the way, I don’t know if there is anything harder than performing the greatest rock song of all time in front of the people who wrote it. Ann Wilson did it perfectly.

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