M’s Music – Immigrant Song

Immigrant Song is the opening track on English rock band Led Zeppelin’s third album, Led Zeppelin III, written and released in 1970.

The song is famous for its distinctive, wailing cry from vocalist Robert Plant (with a melody reminiscent of “Bali Ha’i”) at the beginning of the song, and is built around a repeating, staccato Jimmy Page/John Paul Jones/John Bonham riff. The hiss at the beginning of the track is feedback from an echo unit.

“Immigrant Song” was written during Led Zeppelin’s tour of Iceland, Bath and Germany in mid-1970. The opening date of this tour took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, which inspired Plant to write the song. As he explained:
“ We weren’t being pompous … We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be canceled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time. “Immigrant Song” was about that trip and it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different.”

Just six days after Led Zeppelin’s appearance in Reykjavik, the band performed the song for the first time on stage during the Bath Festival.

The song is dedicated to the Icelander Leif Ericson, and is sung from the perspective of Vikings rowing west from Scandinavia in search of new lands. The lyrics make explicit reference to Viking conquests and the Old Norse religion (Fight the horde, sing and cry, Valhalla, I am coming!). In a 1970 radio interview, Plant jokingly recalled:
“We went to Iceland, and it made you think of Vikings and big ships… and John Bonham’s stomach… and bang, there it was – Immigrant Song!”

“Immigrant Song” is one of Led Zeppelin’s few single releases, having been released in November of 1970 by their record label, Atlantic Records, against the band’s wishes. It reached #16 on the Billboard charts. Its B side, “Hey Hey What Can I Do”, was otherwise unavailable before the release of the band’s first boxed set in 1990. The single was also mistakenly released in Japan with “Out on the Tiles” as the B-side rather than “Hey Hey What Can I Do.” That single is now a rare collectible.

One of the lines from the song became part of Led Zeppelin lore. The line, “The hammer of the gods/will drive our ships to new lands” prompted some people to start referring to Led Zeppelin’s sound as the “Hammer of the Gods.” The phrase was used as the title of Stephen Davis’ famous biography of the band, Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga. The lyrics also did much to inspire the classic Heavy metal myth, of mighty Viking-esque figures on an adventure, themes which have been adopted in the look and music of bands from Iron Maiden to Manowar.

“Immigrant Song” was used to open Led Zeppelin concerts from 1970 to 1972. On the second half of their 1972 concert tour of the United States, it was introduced by a short piece of music known as “LA Drone”, designed to heighten the sense of anticipation and expectation amongst the concert audience. By 1973, “Immigrant Song” was occasionally being used as an encore, but was then removed from their live set. Live versions of the song can be heard on the Led Zeppelin albums How The West Was Won (featuring a performance at Long Beach Arena in 1972) and the Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions (a version from the Paris Theatre in London in 1971). When played live, Page played a lengthy guitar solo, which was absent on the recorded Led Zeppelin III version. “Immigrant Song” was played as part of the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Jeff Beck by both Page and Beck.

If tomorrow starts without Me…

If tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say…

I know how much you care for me, and how much I care for you,
and each time that you think of me I know you’ll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready in heaven far above, and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all life, I’d always thought I didn’t want to die.

I had so much to live for and so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while,
I’d say goodbye and hug you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realised that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that I’d miss come tomorrow.
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through Heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you,
Today your life on earth is past but here it’s starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day’s the same, there’s no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful, so trusting, so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.
And you have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won’t you come and take my hand and share my life with me?”

So… if tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,
for every time you think of me, please know I’m in your heart…

David Romano

M’s Music – The sounds of Apollo 11

Happy 50th, Apollo!


50 years to the day that Apollo explorers stepped foot on the Moon, humans are returning to space to live and work aboard the International Space Station.

A multinational crew of Andrew Morgan, Alexander Skvortsov and Luca Parmitano will launch at 12:28 p.m. EDT to our orbiting laboratory aboard a Soyuz rocket. Tune in starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT to see lift off.

Astronauta Luca Parmitano è decollato verso la Stazione Spaziale Internazionale, ne assumerà il comando.

Baikonur, 20/7/2019 – 08:00

“La mia mente è completamente sgombra, al contrario del cielo che mi sovrasta, trapunto di nuvole di un bianco abbagliante immerse nel blu immenso e senza tempo.

Il calore del sole mi brucia pensieri e pelle, mentre corro fra i piccoli sentieri. Pochi mesi fa tutto era grigio come il ghiaccio, bianco come la neve, nero come terra arida; adesso invece sono circondato da alberi ricoperti di foglie e vita, e piccole mele ancora acerbe, e verdi come gli occhi delle mie figlie.

Il mio pianeta mi osserva e mi saluta, e io ringrazio in silenzio, nel silenzio dal quale sono avvolto. Il vento fra i cespugli e le fronde accompagna il ritmo dei miei passi. Sembrano fare troppo rumore, e abbandono il sentiero per sentire sotto di me l’impatto, più soffice e attutito, della terra nuda. Passo tra due arbusti, spine e fiori che caparbi sopravvivono nonostante tutto, e d’improvviso mi ritrovo in una nuvola di farfalle arancioni che si sollevano in volo, incuriosite e per niente preoccupate dalla mia presenza aliena. Dozzine e dozzine, in un fluttuare senza suono, una danza di grazia e vita e colore.

Mi accorgo che sto sorridendo: la Terra, a modo suo, abbraccia un figlio.” – Luca Parmitano

Photo credit: NASA

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M’s Music – Martin Garrix

Martijn Gerard Garritsen professionally known as Martin Garrix, is a Dutch DJ and record producer from Amstelveen. His most known singles are “Animals”, “In the Name of Love”, and “Scared to be Lonely”.

He was ranked number one on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list for three consecutive years (2016, 2017, and 2018). He has performed at music festivals such as Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, and Creamfields. He is known as the youngest DJ to headline 2014 Ultra Music Festival at the age of 17.

He was a resident DJ at Spain’s Hï Ibiza (2017) and Ushuaïa Ibiza (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). He founded the label Stmpd Rcrds in 2016, months after leaving Spinnin’ Records and before signing with Sony Music.


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