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Thanksgiving – The Voice

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

Much like a stylus running through the grooves of an LP record, the human voice can reverberate with great emotion and power. When massed together, such as they do at Millennium Stadium, it stirs the heart like few other things can do. In the hands of the solo singer, however, it takes a lot more nerve, skill and musicality to move people.

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This is an area where Robert Plant stands alone. Long before TV shows like American Idol and Pop Star licensed everyone to reach for flashy notes, a singer had to earn their chops before displaying their virtuosity. The band Plant fronted, Led Zeppelin, were a cultural juggernaut that probably got unfairly pigeon-holed in the heavy metal music category. Yet within their body of work lie some softer ballads and songs which wouldn’t even raise the hackles of a librarian within their workspace – great songs like Going to California and All of My Love.

The album Led Zeppelin II, released in 1969, contains some of Plant’s trademark artistry, in particular on a track simply titled Thank You. The lyrics, penned by him, are universal and could almost be mistaken as a psalm, bar for the direct references to a “kind woman”. In listening to the track his vocals are soft and gentle throughout; almost at a whisper, but he finally soars from the 2min 19sec mark. Purists and fans will argue for any number of other songs from the Led Zeppelin canon to be used as better examples of his voice, but I vote this one in simply on the basis of how it displays a tactful discipline – of giving brief glimpses of his vocal power but reigning it in at other times.

Just to prove you can teach an old dog new tricks, Plant’s eclectic musical journey since the supergroup broke up in 1980 saw he and US country singer Alison Krauss collaborate on the five time Grammy Award winning album Raising Sand in 2007. One of the more bittersweet tracks from the album, Your Long Journey, wears its religious belief more overtly.

For the gift of wonderful voices and song makers, we say thank you.

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The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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