Wednesday, December 9, 2009

For the love of Robert Plant

A musical phenomenon has taken place between my oldest son and I and that is an undeniable love of Led Zeppelin. I would not call myself an aficionado of Classic Rock and I haven't always had an affinity for Robert Plant's sultry voice.

I do have a slight history with the band thanks to my brother who is 4 years older than me. He exposed me to all kinds of music when I was an impressionable preteen. He would come and find me in the house and invite me to "mellow out" in his room. He would put on Houses of the Holy and we would lay around and drink Dr. Pepper while jamming out to D'yer Mak'er on his stereo. I was 14 and looked forward to those times with my big brother. We'd listen to Pink Floyd or The Doors and play air guitar.

Sometimes my Mom would force him to give me a ride places in his red Honda Prelude. He would blast Ramble On and scream "Wanna die?" right in my face. He would then floor it and take quick turns or get air off of railroad tracks while Led Zeppelin blasted out the windows in an attempt to torture me. It was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.

Fast Forward 14 years and I had let Led Zeppelin fall by the wayside. It wasn't until I was pregnant with G that I started to appreciate them again. You see, I didn't crave any particular food when I was pregnant. No, I kid you not, I craved Led Zeppelin. It was insane. If they came on the radio I would lose my mind with excitement. "Turn it up!" I would yell and transcend to a happy place as the music spilled around me. I was obsessed and couldn't get enough. My husband was confused by my new found love for them but supported me on my quest for all things Led Zeppelin.

Now, G is almost 5 years old and he is crazy for Zeppelin. Just this morning as I drove him to school and the radio was on Scan (our CD player has gone kaput, it's radio tunes for us these days) when Whole Lotta Love came on. "Turn it up Mom!!" he shouted to me with excitement. I did just that and we rocked out as we made our way to his school. I looked in the rearview mirror and his eyes were closed, his head was swaying back and forth, and his hands fervently strummed an air guitar. He was in Classic Rock heaven.

It's a strange and mysterious force that takes over us.
I may never understand it.

11 comments:

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

My son is a Queen freak. He knows all the words to all the songs.

Amy said...

In high school, I went through a phase where I listened to any and everything that my parents hated (mostly to piss them off), and ended up just... in love with some of it. Led Zeppelin was one of them (interestingly, Lee -- Queen was another!). And my parents would give me the, "How do you listen to that crap?" lecture.

Fast forward to last May, when my husband I went and saw Foreigner at a local show. Aside from knowing none of their music, my hubs managed to have a good time with me screaming like a banshee and sucking down complimentary martinis like there was an olive and vodka shortage about to hit. Then they went through their introductions of the band and said they wanted to introduce their special guest drummer... Jason Bonham. Son of... sigh, John Bonham. My husband looked at me and said, "Who?"

The divorce is almost final.

(Just kidding ;-))

Working Mommy said...

While I was preggo I listened to everything country - non-stop...and now the babe has to have a radio on in her room - with country playing - so she can go to sleep.

~WM

The Wifey said...

I was a classic rock addict during my pregnancy, too! My weakness was also Led Zeppelin. "Over The Hills And Far Away." I sung it to the little girl in my belly all the time. :)

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

wow. that is amazing. amazing. i craved fast food from wendy's

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Ok, I'll admit it. I was a hair band fanatic and Europe was my favorite. Strangely enough, a few years ago, a commercial was using The Final Countdown and my son would freak out when it came on. When he found out I had it and could play it on demand, he was ecstatic. He still loves them.

Is music love genetic??? MAybe that's why you were craving Zeppelin... :)

I'm also a huge Led Zeppelin fan. Good stuff... :)

Carol said...

I have a brother much the same. Went to see Pink Floyd The Wall with him and he currently drives around with custom plates on his car: Led Zep

Daffy said...

I love the way kids respond to music. Girlie is a huge music lover and it never fails to amaze me what she gravitates towards and what she could care less about....

Busted Kate said...

That is the cutest/most badass thing I've ever heard! I love it, craving Zeppelin when you are preggo. You kid is already cooler than me and he's only 5!

kys said...

I craved Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit when I was pregant with my oldest. He would go nuts kicking and flipping in my tummy.

Do you hate me a little for my bad taste in music?

Joy said...

My husband is a big Led Zeppelin fan. He got me into them when we started dating. I got the Rockabye Baby Led Zeppelin album and added some songs to my kids' lullaby playlist. One of my favorite pics of Leia is her and Aaron dressed in black Led Zeppelin t-shirts/onesie. I hope she grows up to be a fan, too.