they think they know so much...
DJ has been listening to a lot of Led Zeppelin lately. The rumor around middle school is that Jimmy Page is the greatest guitarist that ever lived. Apparently, Zep is big again with the 12 year olds.
I tell DJ I'll buy him one of those vintage Led Zeppelin t shirts (just bought him a Pink Floyd [DSOTM] shirt that he wears nearly every day). He says "I don't want that black and white shirt from '78 because they sucked then. I want the shirt from '76. That's when they rocked."
Ok then. I'm being schooled on LZ from my 12 year old kid?
Up until this point we had kept him away from Stairyway to Heaven. Just a thing I have against that song. We finally relented the other night when he begged to listen to it because all the other guys in his school who play guitar were learning the solo. I handed him the CD and sent him to his room. Twelve minutes later he comes into the living room with a bewildered look on his face.
"What the hell was that?"
"That was Stairway to Heaven?? That was the song that everyone thinks is the greatest thing ever written?"
"I could play that solo without even trying. And the rest of the song sucks. What the heck is a bustled hedgerow (he looked up the words because he had no idea what Plant was saying)?"
"Page isn't that great. Give me five minutes and I'll be playing 'Heartbreaker' better than him."
Thirty minutes later I walk into his room.
"Hey, how's the Heartbreaker thing going?"
"Man, I totally underestimated Page."
"But I did learn something."
"Never judge a band by their most famous song. Oh, and don't listen to your stupid friends who learn everything about bands from dumb message boards. Oh, oh...and my stepfather is always right when it comes to stuff like this!" He says that loud enough to be overheard and for brownie points scored.
"Oh, yea. My mom is always mostly right, too."