29 August 2009

Iron "Old" Maiden

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I have to laugh. I'm what? Nearing my 50s?

I spotted an Iron Maiden something-or-other the other day, can't really remember now, but it's not important to this story, really.

I asked, recalling the warnings from "adults" in my younger years, "Aren't they like Satan-Worship Death Metal?"

I spent the next two or so hours in an animated discussion about Iron Maiden ~ words laced and emphasized with samples of their music, and reading of their lyrics. What a wonderful, intelligent and passionate discourse.
Who knew in my late 40s I'd be introduced to some decent, mature metal music which tended to be actually quite pleasant to listen, and whose lyrics are intelligent historical prose?

Submitted for your approval:
Some of the lyrics of Iron Maiden's Alexander the Great:

"Near to the east
In a part of Ancient Greece
In an ancient land called Macedonia
Was born a son
To Philip of Macedon
The legend his name was Alexander

"At the age of nineteen
He became the Macedon king
And he swore to free all of Asia minor
By the Aegean Sea
In 334 b.c.
He utterly beat the armies of Persia

"Alexander the Great
His name struck fear into hearts of men
Alexander the Great
Became a legend mongst mortal men..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhgpuB2elnk

Heh! History lesson with a back-beat. What can be better than that?

See if you recognize these words:

"...day after day, day after day,
We stuck nor breath nor motion
As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean
Water, water everywhere and
All the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink.

"There calls the mariner
There comes a ship over the line
But how can she sail with no wind in her sails and no tide..."

(Iron Maiden, Rime of the Ancient Mariner)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4C2TDUPejc&feature=related

Just goes to show you, you're never to old to learn, or to have your eyes opened when you least expect it.

You may remember, as I did, there was some controversy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Number_of_the_Beast_(song)

But what I find is truly amazing/exceptional. No, really. Do you want to know?
This:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPPaKOtZTug&feature=related

Yeah... it's the same guy. Go figure. Beautiful voice!

And to think I don't recall ever hearing a note of these guys when I was young. Only now am I experiencing all types, sounds and walks of music (and life) thanks to my newly-found freedom to experience everything life has to offer with passion.

Age - just a two digit number once you pass your 9th year.
Music - the language which transcends all, no matter what your two digit number is.

I so enjoy worthwhile debates, even with strangers. I feel we don't get enough of that in life as rarely do we find intellectual equals with which to share our ideas and beliefs with that kind of passion. No matter how old we grow.

In Joy & Enjoy
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pass the popcorn, please!