Song Of The Day – Ramble On by Led Zeppelin

Jan 3rd, 2017 – Ramble On by Led Zeppelin

Today is the 125th birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien, writer of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and more. As it’s just after New Year’s, and I’m usually on holidays at this time of year, i go into full nerd mode with an annual LOTR trilogy film marathon (I’m up to the bit in Fellowship Of The Ring where they’re just about to meet Galadriel. Elves = swoon 😍 ).

Tolkien’s work has inspired a gazillion artists. Led Zeppelin were famous fans, and mentioned people, places and references from Middle Earth in several of their songs, including today’s Song Of The Day – Ramble On. It’s also my fave Led Zep song. Huzzah!

Happy birthday, Professor Tolkien 😃

Here are some pics of me getting my LOTR nerd on…

Grumpy cave troll is grumpy #WetaCave #Miramar #wellington #nz #geekfest

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Lucky me with the delish #RichardArmitage today!! #TheHobbit #ThorinOakenshield

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Christian Grey’s 25 douchiest thoughts in ‘Grey,’ the ‘Fifty Shades’ spinoff

Hilarious. No point dissing the book when the actual dialogue does it so perfectly… :p

Fusion

E.L. James’ smash hit trilogy of erotic novels — Fifty Shades of Grey (also a half-billion dollar movie), Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed — centers on the torrid romance between young Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, a sexy, mysterious billionaire with a dark past and a taste for S&M. On June 18, Grey’s birthday, James released Grey, a nearly 600-page retelling of Fifty Shades from Anastasia’s lover’s perspective.

We read the entire book (you’re welcome) and discovered that, when it’s not too busy regurgitating the original book’s prix fixe menu of light bondage sex scenes, Grey mostly depicts Christian checking his emails and referring to his penis in the third person.

But seeing the world from Grey’s point of view also gives us access to his innermost, unvoiced thoughts and desires. As it turns out, those innermost thoughts and desires are really, really irritating. Enjoy?

  1. Her voice is high; she’s feigning disinterest. It…

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Happy 150th birthday, W.B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats by John Singer Sargent 1908.jpg
William Butler Yeats by John Singer Sargent 1908” by John Singer Sargent – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

– He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven | William Butler Yeats

Love this special feature on Yeats’ legacy by the BBC for his 150th birthday. Extraordinary poet, Nobel Prize winner, founder of the Abbey Theatre, modernist and so much more. His astonishing works still resonate today. (And his poems still make me swoon…)