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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 9:48 pm 
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Have you heard the theory that Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" was based on the slow air "O'Carolan's Dream"?

Here's a link to the tune so you can check it out:

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It's in Am, but transcribes nicely to Em for D whistle. (Drop every note three steps.)

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Hm...that very well could be. I read that there are a number of past references in that song.
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The lyrics, written by Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant next to an evening log fire, were inspired by his search for spiritual perfection. A seminal influence was the book Magic Arts in Celtic Britain by Lewis Spence, which Plant had recently read; it contained references to May Queens, pipers, and "bustling hedgerows." The line, "In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees," could be a reference to William Wordsworth's poem Tintern Abbey: "...and wreaths of smoke / Sent up, in silence, from among the trees!"


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O'Brien wrote:
Have you heard the theory that Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" was based on the slow air "O'Carolan's Dream"?

Here's a link to the tune so you can check it out:

http://www.cpmusic.com/tradgif/ocarodr.gif

It's in Am, but transcribes nicely to Em for D whistle. (Drop every note three steps.)


Not to my ear. In fact, that air comes across as a crib from Gregorian chant. Take it to adagio and you'll easily hear what I mean.
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Doesn't seem far fetched to me. I hear clear echoes of it.

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anniemcu wrote:
Doesn't seem far fetched to me. I hear clear echoes of it.


Um... Annie ... you play soprano G whistles. I think the echoes are pretty normal for you. :D

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O'Brien wrote:
It's in Am, but transcribes nicely to Em for D whistle. (Drop every note three steps.)


How do you play the D-sharp accidentals in the Em version? I'm using a standard high-D whistle.

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Hmmm. What's "Stairway to Heaven"? :-?


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I hear it quite clearly !

"Stairway to Heaven" was a big hit for the group Led Zeppelin.


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I'm sure it was Rolf Harris. :P

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What's Led Zeppelin?


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Wal, you have to half hole the D#.

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OB - thanks, that works! I've never tired half-holing on the whistle and found it surprisingly easy.

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CRC wrote:
What's Led Zeppelin?


CRC! Where ya been?

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Fingers wrote:
CRC wrote:
What's Led Zeppelin?


CRC! Where ya been?

In my room playing whistles. :)


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billw wrote:
anniemcu wrote:
Doesn't seem far fetched to me. I hear clear echoes of it.


Um... Annie ... you play soprano G whistles. I think the echoes are pretty normal for you. :D

LOL
Bill


:lol: :lol:

BTW... I *own* them.. three, to be exact, but I very rarely play them so the recovery is nearly complete. :D

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