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Modern Meditations - Rock goes Zen : The Rock Classics

When I was asked to review a new CD entitled Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics, I was hesitant. I have heard most every interpretation of a Led Zeppelin song, from Jazz-based to classical to death metal and everything in between. I give every one of them credit for originality as they all had certainly opened my eyes. Some of the interpretations were outstanding and others were... well, just lacking.

With that said, I jumped at the chance to get a copy of Modern Meditations to the Rock Classics. This CD was performed and produced by multi-instumentalist and 2000 graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Dan Mylette. The first track fades in very slowly, with some rich chords from the Hammond organ, then adds layers of strings and finally some echoed guitar. All of the different textures of instruments compliment each other very well.

The effectiveness of music labelled as being meditative is no joke either. I listened to this on two different occasions while driving the car and both times I had to cut my trips short due to wanting to fall asleep, being so relaxed. These interpretations of rock classics are not hard on the ears at all. In fact, they are extremely soothing. I wonder, however, that other people may do what I did, which was trying to listen too hard to the melody of each song instead of the letting the tracks have it's desired effect. A minor inconvenience, I'm sure.

Included are interpretations from songs by Bob Dylan (Knockin' On Heaven's Door), The Beatles (Across The Universe), David Bowie (Changes), The Rolling Stones (You Can't Always Get What You Want), John Lennon (Imagine), Van Morrison (Into The Mystic), U2 (I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For), The Police (Message in a Bottle), Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), Bob Marley (One Love), Led Zeppelin (Stairway To Heaven) and a Modern Meditations' original track entitled Infinity.

This has to be one of the most exciting and entertaining collections of music I have ever seen. I think that most people would enjoy this CD in their collection.

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August xx, 1968 - Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham hold their first rehearsals in Gerrard Street, London
August xx, 1968 - Page, Grant and Chris Dreja go see Robert Plant perform at a Birmingham Teachers College. Page invites Plant to his Pangbourne house and offers him the vocalist position
August xx, 1969 - Peter Grant starts enforcing the 90/10 split in favor of the band
August 31, 1969 - The third US tour ends at the Texas International Festival in Dallas
August xx, 1970 - Zeppelin earn no less than $25,000 per show
August 17, 1970 - Page completes mixing of the Led Zeppelin III in Memphis
August 19, 1971 - The seventh North American tour opens in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August xx, 1972 - Jimmy Page purchases Plumpton Manor in Sussex
August xx, 1973 - Jimmy starts arranging ideas for the next album
August xx, 1974 - Film maker Peter Clifton has the band re-enact scenes at Shepperton Studios
August 31, 1974 - John Paul Jones appears with David Gilmour and Steve Broughton as Roy Harper’s backing band for the night
August 04, 1975 - Robert Plant and his family are seriously injured as their car veers off the road on the island of Rhodes
August 08, 1975 - Rehearsal for Zeppelin’s Eleventh North American tour postponed after Robert is involved in a serious car accident
August xx, 1976 - Arrangements are made to show the upcoming Zep film in theaters
August xx, 1976 - Jimmy Page finishes mixing the soundtrack for the movie The Song Remains The Same
August 14, 1977 - Jimmy jams with Ron Wood at a charity golf tournament for underprivileged children
August xx, 1978 - Robert plays with Dr. Feelgood and Phil Carson in Ibiza, Spain while on holiday
August 11, 1979 - Led Zeppelin perform a second show at Knebworth due to overwhelming ticket demands
August xx, 1980 - Jimmy moves into his new Windsor home, which was purchased from Michael Caine
August 14, 2009 - It Might Get Loud opened in select theatres in NY, WA & CA.
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