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The Melody of Heaven

Today was a pretty trite day, filled with a lack of gaming and an abundance of tediousness. I was supposed to wake up around nine o'clock in the morning (eastern standard time) for an interview with Dan A., the lead designer of Mourning, an upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game very unlike EverQuest, Dark Age of Camelot, and the lot. Instead, I woke up at eleven o'clock in the morning because, well, I am not an early bird. Luckily, I was still able to get the interview, which turned out to be three hours long. I logged off mIRC, where the interview was conducted, about two o'clock. Almost immediatly after I went to everyone's favorite shopping monopoly, Wal-Mart. At Wal-Mart, I picked up four music compact discs at great prices: The Best of Led Zeppelin: The Early Days, Vol. 1 and The Best of Led Zeppelin: The Latter Days, Vol. 2 which came as a combination pack for $14.88!, Led Zeppelin II, also $14.88, and John Lennon's masterpiece, Imagine for $12.88. So for about forty dollars I got four amazing albums which I am listening to as I type this.

The Melody of Heaven is, obviously, a reference to Led Zeppelin's epic, and considered one of (if not the) the best songs of all time, espicially in rock n' roll, Stairway to Heaven. The elegant subtleness of Jimmy Page (and his classic guitar solo) and John Paul Jones's guitar, the steady beat of Jon Bonham's drums, and the beauty of Robert Plant's uneasy but soothing voice truly makes Led Zeppelin the best rock band of all time. If you are reading this and haven't heard Stairway to Heaven, I suggest you find some legal way to listen to it, because it really is worth listening to. Of course, I also got a wealth of other Led Zeppelin songs, including "Whole Lotta Love" on Led Zeppelin II, and the myriad of hits included on the compilation compact discs.

Around five o'clock I went to church to pay my respects to the Creator, albeit I didn't really want to go. Even though I protested, and I probably would have had a better time in fact not going, it is very interesting to kind of reflect and realize that without him and without the sacrifice Jesus Christ made, granted you are a Christian, none of us would be here today. God created us, and Jesus Christ saved us, and it was entirely disrespectful of me not wanting to pay respects to Him. However, because our God works in silent ways, never wanting apparent recognition (unlike political figures like John Kerry and George W. Bush, among others of course, who love to see thousands cheering for them), it is difficult to truly see the ramifications of not going to church or simply not caring. It isn't like God punishes you immediatly. You must have foresight, however difficult it might be to muster up.

These are the lyrics to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" to close off this entry:

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
And when she gets there she knows if the stores are closed
With a word she can get what she came for

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
And you know sometimes words have two meanings
In the tree by the brook there's a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking

Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forest will echo with laughter

And it makes me wonder

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
Don't be alarmed now
It's just a spring clean for the May Queen

Yes there are two paths you can go by
but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on

Your head is humming and it won't go because you don't know
The piper's calling you to join him
Dear lady can't you hear the wind blow and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our souls
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
Woe oh oh oh oh oh
And she's buying a stairway to heaven

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
And when she gets there she knows if the stores are closed
With a word she can get what she came for


And she's buying a stairway to heaven, uh uh uh.