Daily Archives: August 7, 2014

Jimmy Page Talks About Kashmir


This is a great little video in which Jimmy Page talks about the making of the Led Zeppelin song, “Kashmir, one of the most original and distinctive songs Led Zeppelin ever recorded , hailing from the 1975 album Physical Graffiti. In this clip from Davis Guggenheim’s film It Might Get Loud (2009), Page explains the origins of the song to fellow guitarists Jack White and The Edge. Then Page demonstrates it by picking up an old modified Danelectro 59DC Double Cutaway Standard guitar that he played the song with on some of Led Zeppelin’s tours. (Watch Kashmir live here.)

In 1973, Page had been experimenting with an alternative D modal, or DADGAD, tuning often used on stringed instruments in the Middle East, when he hit upon the hypnotic, rising and falling riff. The song came together over a period of a couple of years. John Bonham added his distinctive, overpowering drums during a two-man recording session with Page at Headley Grange. Singer Robert Plant wrote the lyrics while he and Page were driving through the Sahara Desert in Southern Morocco. (Neither Page nor Plant had ever visited Kashmir, in the Himalayas.) Bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones added the string and horn arrangements the following year. In a 1995 radio interview with Australian journalist Richard Kingsmill, Plant recalled his experience with “Kashmir”:

It was an amazing piece of music to write to, and an incredible challenge for me. Because of the time signature, the whole deal of the song is…not grandiose, but powerful. It required some kind of epithet, or abstract lyrical setting about the whole idea of life being an adventure and being a series of illuminated moments. But everything is not what you see. It was quite a task, because I couldn’t sing it. It was like the song was bigger than me.


Pack Up and Go -5 Tips for Packing Your Travel Bags

Pack Up and Go -5 Tips for Packing Your Travel Bags

For me, August usually means travel time.  This year is no exception.  Travel means getting things ready for the house sitter, running extra errands and packing those awaiting bags.  Although I prefer to travel light, I seldom do.  Forgetting an essential item is not only disappointing.  It also means that I have to scramble to find the nearest store in my destination to replace the item…so I pack thoroughly.  Here are 5  packing tips that can make packing much less painful:

1.  Try rolling instead of folding.


Travel experts—including backpackers, who are forced to stuff months’ worth of clothing into a pack the size of a box of wine—agree that rolling is superior to folding. Tightly rolled clothes take up less space than folded ones. Plus, they are much less likely to getting deep wrinkles from fold creases.

2.  Make a list and check it twice, even if you are already aware of who is naughty and nice.


I start my packing process days or even weeks ahead of my departure date.  In fact, because I travel as much as I do, I keep a bag partially packed at all times.  Thinking ahead gives one  time to craft a complete packing list, plus purchase any additional items that are needed for the trip. Creating a packing list is a fail-safe way to ensure that you never, ever forget to bring something important.

3.   Pare down!


 Even though I pack thoroughly, I try to reduce the number of items that I do pack, to the essentials.  For instance, I might take a dress that can be changed by adding a scarf or belt or jacket, rather than packing 3 different dresses.  Economize when packing.  Pack wisely.  It’s a lot easier to lug one or two bags around than it is to pack 6 or 7 and traverse the airport, even if you do get assistance from a SkyCap.

4.   Don’t take “the good stuff”.


I own a lot of very nice jewelry.  However, I do not take more of it with me than I can wear at one time.  I might take a nice ring, or a nice pair of earrings, but frankly, traveling with one’s nice jewelry collection is tantamount to asking for trouble. If you choose to take it all, be prepared to have it lost or stolen.  ’nuff said.

5.  Keep the basics in one place.

champagnerosesUse a large purse, backpack or tote bag to keep items that you may need along the way, easy to access.  For some, this may mean a hairbrush, deodorant, lip gloss, or makeup.  For me?  Champagne and roses, of course!

Happy Trails!