If one were to list off the typical classic rock bands of the sixties and seventies, Led Zeppelin would most likely be at the top of the list. The band was one of the most popular groups during the time and is still widely listened to today. Although they did not start up quite an uproar like the Beatles did with the British invasion, their music helped to make rock and roll what it is today. One of their most popular songs was Stairway to Heaven. While I was in a band in high school it was in fact one of the first songs tried to learn how to play. However, one of Zeppelin’s greatest masterpieces was Kashmir, a song that was so widely popular for its authenticity and its creative elements that were rarely seen in popular music at the time.
Authenticity in music is defined as the effect of realism; derived not from adhering to a formal paradigm but through displaying codes of passion. The instrumentation in the song is what makes the song authentic. Kashmir’s guitar riff that begins the song and continues throughout the entire piece is powerful and evokes feelings of anticipation. Any song that is so powerful that it can make someone experience such powerful feelings has something that no other song has. The strength of the song is one thing that makes this song authentic. The riff repeats throughout the piece and is what gives the song its powerful feeling, like a giant is stepping through a city. In fact, the very riff that is used in this song was later used in Puff Daddy’s song “Come with Me”. In the music video made for the P-Diddy song featured Godzilla stomping through the streets of New York. The guitar riff is one thing that certainly drives the song, but people also like to think the lyrics drive the song. Although people may like to interpret the lyrics as powerful, really, the song is really just about Robert Plant’s trip through the Sahara desert. The songs creativity and authenticity lies within its musical genius and not within the words... [continues]
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