January 25th, 2013

music

Friday fanfare: "Stairway to Heaven" by Heart

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart (assisted by Jason Bonham on drums) do an amazing performance of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" while the surviving Led Zeppers watch in awe at the Kennedy Center.

"Stairway," its high placement on top rock songs of all time notwithstanding, has never been a favorite of mine -- I wouldn't even rank it in the top 10 of Led Zep songs, to be honest, placing it behind "Kashmir," "The Immigrant Song," "Rock and Roll," and others -- but this is a superb rendition.

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    "Stairway to Heaven" by Heart
TNG Rewatch

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: "Attached"

Picard & Crusher are telepathically linked, while Riker deals with the most paranoid aliens ever. Hilarity ensues, as the TNG Rewatch gets "Attached."

An excerpt:
Look, I’m no kind of “shipper” (a net-ologism I have always despised), but for crying out loud, everything on TNG in general and this episode in particular has them pointed toward finally taking the plunge and becoming a couple. Hell, it’s Picard—who has the, er, lessons of “Lessons” giving him reason not to get involved with a subordinate—who made the first move! And it’s Dr. Beverly “there’s something I want to tell you, Jean-Luc, in case we don’t get out of this” Crusher who’s backing off? WTF?

Anyhow, the episode’s truly a delight up until that stupid last scene. This gets so much play as the Crusher/Picard episode that one tends to forget that the B-plot of Riker dealing with the Kes and Prytt loonies is pretty hilarious, too. And the Picard/Crusher scenes are charming as all heck. I especially like the revelation that Picard’s feelings for Crusher go all the way back to when they met and she was married to his best friend, adding another layer of tragedy to Jack Crusher’s death. In general, the episode has you smiling all the way through.

Until the ending, when I, at least, throw my shoe at the screen.
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    "Alabama Bound" by Arlo Guthrie