What Makes Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” So Perfectly Uncomfortable

Radiohead evolved in leaps and bounds through their first four albums.  So when the third album OK Computer arrived with the lead single “Paranoid Android,” the audience was blown away.  Bends was an excellent album on its own, but this was on an entirely different level.  This was the first album produced …

What Makes This Song Impactful: Imaging Dragons “Believer”

My son, 11 years old, listens to electronic and gaming music.  He doesn’t listen to rock bands.  Imagine Dragons is the lone exception.  It is debatable whether they “rock” or not, but they certainly are a band, a band made up of the traditional pieces like guitar, bass, drums.  So …

Unlocking the Mystery: Why Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” Knocks You Out

Ah…. Stairway.   There’s so much has been said about “Stairway to Heaven” that the song needs no introduction.  Clocking in at 8+ minutes, it is THE song in Led Zeppelin’s catalog that people point to.  How did they craft such a massively popular song that defines not just their sound …

Unlocking the Mystery: Why Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” Is Their Quintessential Song

Of all the songs in Led Zeppelin’s lengthy catalog, “Kashmir” is one where all four members agreed that it was special.  It may not be the first song that pops into your head when you think Zeppelin, yet once you hear it it’s hard to get “Kashmir” out of your …

Unlocking the Mystery: Why We Listen to 10+ Minutes of Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles Last Stand”

I recently realized that I may have more in common with Led Zeppelin than I previously thought.  I’ve always related to Jimmy Page as a guitar player, but my focus on longer songs made me take another look at the more ambitious and experimental side of the legendary band.  In …