2/14/20 – Led Zeppelin “All My Love”

It’s Valentine’s Day and I’ve been playing all these great tunes all week…special dedications from our listeners…and it’s been a lot of fun.  There are so many great love songs out there:  “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge is usually the first one that comes to mind for me.  Of course, there’s “My Girl,” the all-time classic from The Temptations.  One that I always think of is my all-time favorite artist, Otis Redding, with “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” And there’s also “Try A Little Tenderness.” Bonnie Raitt does a song called “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” which is a song about loving someone who doesn’t love you back.  There’s a fairly recent song out by Leon Bridges called “Beyond,” which is terrific.  Other songs about love stand out for me…and sometimes they’re not tender love songs, either.  “Addicted To Love” by Robert Palmer is one I played this morning.  About half of The Beatles’ catalog would qualify.  And sometimes, a song like “Georgia On My Mind’ by either Ray Charles or Willie Nelson can make you tear up if you hear it in the right place, at the right time, and under the right circumstances.  There are literally thousands of them out there since more songs have been written about love and relationships than any other subject.  Once in a while, a great love song can come from an unlikely place.  Take the song that’s in my head today, for example.  It’s “All My Love” by Led Zeppelin.  Now, obviously, Zeppelin is one of the greatest rock bands ever to play a note, and most of their material wouldn’t be mistaken for love songs…but this one is DIFFERENT.  I guess you could call it “the mellow side of Led Zeppelin.”

I’m going to send it out to my wife, Beverly today.  She’s managed to tolerate me and all my nonsense now for over 37 years.  I often say she’s got to be the most tolerant woman in the world. She keeps me around, though, for some reason, and for that I’m grateful.  I’m not sure where I would be and what I might be doing without her.  I know there are other people out there who feel the same way about their spouses or significant others. So I’m going to send this song out to all of you today, too.  And on Valentine’s Day, I think it’s important to point out that not everybody is lucky enough to have someone, and that’s okay.  I’ll dedicate this song to you, too.  If you and I know each other well, if I’m fortunate enough to have you listening to the radio show, or maybe we’re friends on social media, thank you for being there.  I really appreciate it.  Whatever you’re doing this Valentine’s Day, ranging from absolutely nothing to some kind of an extravagant and romantic love-filled weekend, this one’s for you.  Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham are going to do the honors!  This is Led Zeppelin with “All My Love!”