TypeO Posted March 24, 2013 Share Posted March 24, 2013 Had an unusual and interesting dream last night, and it made me start thinking about this subject. First, I am the primary photographer at my job, and we frequently host concerts by various musical groups, some more recognizable than others. Some are up and coming at the time we host them, such as Miranda Lambert, who's gotten pretty well-known since she was at our base in 2005 or so along with Montgomery Gentry (both country acts). Last year we had American Idol Runner-Up Bo Bice, who has become a fairly successful Southern Rock Artist. The shows are almost always free, yet the turnout is usually pretty pathetic, and there are more children dancing around in front of the stage than anything else. Anyway, as photographer, I have the opportunity to shoot lots of great shots of the performers, and they usually do a Meet and Greet with a number of the big shots and often with the Warrior Transition Battalion (Wounded Warriors). So I shoot tons of pictures, and eventually, after everyone has been photographed, I get the opportunity to get a photo and speak briefly to the artist(s). It's a lot of fun and usually fairly interesting. Now on to my dream. So last night I dreamed Led Zeppelin performed at our base under the same conditions - poor turnout, easy access / visibility as they performed. The last thing I remembered before I woke up was waiting for the Meet and Greet line to go down so I could go up and get a photo and speak with them. I never actually got to them, but I do remember thinking about what I'd want to say to them given the opportunity under those kind of circumstances, i.e., maybe 30 seconds to a minute to speak to them, say Hi, whatever. Not really a long, in-depth conversation, just some comments. Which brings me - finally - to the point of this thread. Given the opportunity I just described (attending a Meet and Greet photo op with Led Zeppelin, where you had maybe 30-60 seconds to speak to them), what would you say or ask the fellows as you took a second to get your photo snapped with them? Here's mine, mostly thought of in my dream, but expanded since I've woken up and thought about it. First, for my photo I imagined a quick, hand-written message to hold up in the photo with a shout-out to the forum - TypeO and the LedZeppelin.com Forum say HI! (And yes, I seriously thought of that in the dream - anticipating the posting of my photo here, LOL) Then, as quickly as possible, I'd say the following - Can't even begin to express how much your music has influenced me and my life. I was at Tampa, June 3rd, 1977 for the rain-out show, and I'll never forget the 3 greatest songs I've ever seen performed live! I'll never forget how I felt when I heard the news of Bonzo's death, and then the news that Zeppelin was finished. Presence is the greatest album ever, and I'm proud to have been the standard-bearer for Presence after it was released, insisting on playing it for my friends when they wouldn't break away from listening to all the older albums. Jimmy, the solo from Achilles' Last Stand is the greatest guitar solo ever recorded, and it is literally seared into my synapses - lick for lick - to this day. Robert, your vocals consistently stirred more emotion and were more compelling than any other band I've ever known. Jonesie, The Butthole Surfers' Independent Worm Saloon and your recent work with TCV have helped me to realize what a powerful influence you were within the group, even if I wasn't able to recognize it at the time. Lastly, I'm proud to say that my 18 year-old son, who mainly listens to dubstep and electronic music, still counts Presence as his favorite album, and Achilles' Last Stand as his favorite song due in no small part to it being mandatory listening on ALL road trips we took. Thank you all for following your dreams and creating the greatest band to ever exist! Kinda goofy, maybe, but I would get immense satisfaction from being able to actually say those things to them. So, what about you all? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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