A while back I listened to the NPR show Fresh Air two days in a row. First, I heard Terry Gross interview Steven Tyler. Tyler discussed Aerosmith's early influences and was prodded by Gross to talk specifically about Led Zeppelin. Basically, Tyler side-stepped acknowledging the obvious influence of Robert Plant on his vocal style. Never said a word of praise about Led Zeppelin or Robert Plant.
The next day, I listened to Terry Gross interview Robert Plant. What a difference in terms of wisdom, humility and grace. Plant's recent album, Raising Sand with Alison Krauss is one of my favorites of this past year. Happy Birthday, Robert. Rock on.
Here's Plant & Krauss "Gone Baby Gone"