"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

The A - Z of An Eclectic Music Collection: L......

..... is for Lizz Wright, Lynyrd Skynyrd & Led Zeppelin
Lizz Wright is a fairly newly discovered talent in my collection. I have to say I have a bit of a history of falling for songs I hear in movies, and the first Lizz Wright song I ever heard - "Song for Mia" - came to me in this very way, in the movie "The Secret Life of Bees" (from the book of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd).  Such a lovely movie.

As usual when I hear an appealing song in this way - especially when it's linked to an emotional scene in a movie - I then look up the soundtrack to find out the artist, and one thing leads to another and before I know it I've found more songs from the same artist. Lizz has also done covers of songs that were already familiar to me, by other favourite artists of mine, such as "Narrow Daylight", originally by Diana Krall, and "Thank You", a classic Led Zeppelin original from 1969. But "Song for Mia" is the one that started it all.

A bit of a change of pace, especially after Lizz Wright. But my "great driving songs" playlist would not be complete without the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Sweet Home Alabama" - such clever and catchy guitar riffs! And "Free Bird" is just one of those songs from my youth that will always bring back memories of a certain holiday "crush" I had when I was about 16, and this song being a sing-along-at-the-top-of-his-voice favourite of said crush. There's not much else I'll bother to play from Lynyrd Skynyrd, but "Sweet Home Alabama" is guaranteed to lift my mood and get me singing along.

So my history with Led Zeppelin is intrinsically linked with, and inseparable from, a desperate crush on a certain young man. I was 15, he was 16, and I was absolutely and hopelessly in whatever-it-is-that-you're-in when you're 15. For a whole year. Longer probably. It would have been so much easier if he'd just been mean to me. Anything to snap me out of it and let me get over it. But no, he was far too kind for that, we remained "friends". And oh, the agony of unrequited love. Even the memory makes me cringe. 

But what does that have to do with Led Zeppelin, I hear you ask? Well, he was a huge fan, of course. And suddenly (surprise, surprise) so was I!! Led Zep albums started appearing in my vinyl collection and my parents were not too impressed. But I cared not!! I would listen over and over, learning the lyrics off by heart (as much as it was ever possible to do with Robert Plant's screeching vocals) - "Stairway to Heaven", "Whole Lotta Love", "Trampled Underfoot", "Hot Dog"- and emotionally connecting every song with this clueless young man who had no idea of the hopeless mess of my heart. Ah, young love. Anyway, I got over it eventually, and my Led Zep ended up in boxes where it remains to this day. 

So, in memory of that unique time in my life, here's the song that I was so sure would be the anthem to our great love affair, and the one he would sing to me when he finally realised I was the girl for him........


  1. I thought - oh no I don't recognize these - then Sweet Home Alabama went on and I was singing away to it. Loved the song and loved Reece Witherspoon in the movie.

    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    L for Love Yourself

    1. Such funky guitar riffs in that one Leanne, I love it too, and the movie is a great chick flick!


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