I am a guitarist. I took up this amazing instrument in the mid ‘70’s. I saw a friend of mine play three songs—“Time In A Bottle”, “Dream On” and “Smoke On the Water”–the riff that launched thousands of guitarists in those days. I freaked. And fell in love. The love affair continues thirty-five years later.
I owe a great deal of my early formation as a guitarist to Led Zeppelin in general and Jimmy Page in particular. I learned a lot of the classic rock Zeppelin tunes in those days. But I was especially drawn to their acoustic work. It was just so interesting. Rare chords. Alternate tunings. Mandolins. J.R.R. Tolkien in the lyrics. Multiple overdubs creating marvelous sonic textures. A world of wonder and colorful sounds. A fair amount of Led Zeppelin’s creativity in those days emerged as Jimmy Page and Robert Plant retired to a little cottage in the Welsh countryside. Bron-Yr-Aur. It was here that music was inspired and created that endures to the present day. They even named music after this quaint locale, pictured above.
Where are your creative spaces? A cottage? Water? Forests (my personal favorite)? Urban life?