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Modern Meditations - Rock goes Zen : The Rock Classics

When I was asked to review a new CD entitled Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics, I was hesitant. I have heard most every interpretation of a Led Zeppelin song, from Jazz-based to classical to death metal and everything in between. I give every one of them credit for originality as they all had certainly opened my eyes. Some of the interpretations were outstanding and others were... well, just lacking.

With that said, I jumped at the chance to get a copy of Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics. This CD was performed and produced by multi-instumentalist and 2000 graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Dan Mylette. The first track fades in very slowly, with some rich chords from the Hammond organ, then adds layers of strings and finally some echoed guitar. All of the different textures of instruments compliment each other very well.

The effectiveness of music labelled as being meditative is no joke either. I listened to this on two different occasions while driving the car and both times I had to cut my trips short due to wanting to fall asleep, being so relaxed. These interpretations of rock classics are not hard on the ears at all. In fact, they are extremely soothing. I wonder, however, that other people may do what I did, which was trying to listen too hard to the melody of each song instead of the letting the tracks have it's desired effect. A minor inconvenience, I'm sure.

Included are interpretations from songs by Bob Dylan (Knockin' On Heaven's Door), The Beatles (Across The Universe), David Bowie (Changes), The Rolling Stones (You Can't Always Get What You Want), John Lennon (Imagine), Van Morrison (Into The Mystic), U2 (I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For), The Police (Message in a Bottle), Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Bob Marley (One Love), Led Zeppelin (Stairway To Heaven) and a Modern Meditations' original track entitled Infinity.

This has to be one of the most exciting and entertaining collections of music I have ever seen. I think that most people would enjoy this CD in their collection.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "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 deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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