I have to admit, I was once a serious rocker in my late teens and early twenties.

I think I attended just about every rock n’ roll concert available in those days! I loved all kinds of rock n’ roll music from soft rock to hard rock to heavy metal. It touched a part of my heart and soul like nothing else did. Music took me away to a happier place, and I was in awe of how magical it was, how it made me feel, and how it helped me to cope with a difficult emotional life back then.

Now, as a more mature adult, however, I realize how special music is. I now love almost all kinds of music from just about every era in addition to classic rock. As a more astutely thinking and feeling adult, I cherish and admire musicians, those who create the music from their souls and their hearts and share it with the world. You might, too!

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center being honored and meeting President Obama.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

A friend of mine shared a video with me of the honoring of Led Zeppelin at the 35th Annual John F. Kennedy Center Honors on Dec 26, 2012.  The final performance brought tears to my eyes.  Oh, the memories and the nostalgia that I felt listening to this piece!  It was a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven (in my humble opinion, the best all-time rock n’ roll song ever written and played), beautifully sung by Ann Wilson from the rock group, Heart. The last part of the performance made my heart skip a beat and fired up every nerve of my being!

After listening to this song and watching this video numerous times, I could not help but think about what it was that truly moved me to tears and made me feel so alive. Was it the lyrics, the melody, the performers, or all of the above? I pondered and concluded it was all that and two things: the creativity and talent involved in creating this magnificent masterpiece of a song, and the grouping of these musicians. Was it by chance that these artists stumbled upon each other, or was there some outside force, like a god, involved? We will never know, but nonetheless, it is nothing less than amazing that these musicians found each other.

Those two things made me realize we have so much potential as human beings. We all have never-ending gifts and talents that are waiting to be watered and harvested. It doesn’t ever end. We have so much to give and share.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin on 1979 in concert.
Photo Credit, Wikipedia Commons
Black and white of Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin in 1979 sitting down singing and in concert.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin kneeling down pointing up with his guitar in concert.
Photo Credit, Wikipedia Commons

Some of us don’t believe we have gifts or talents. Imagine if Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, or John Bonham from Led Zeppelin, or Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart had those beliefs. What a tragedy that would have been, right? Not only would I not be writing this blog, but none of us would have had the pleasure of listening to their moving music. How many of us give up on our dreams because we think no one wants to partake in or share in our valuable gifts and talents?

If you are in that group, I want to remind you that you DO have talents and gifts. Everyone does. And, it is your responsibility to share them with the world, for if you do not, the world will not be enlightened by you, and you will not be living fully. Not all of us are musicians, but we all have talents that we long to share, and sharing them brings us great joy. What are your gifts? Are you sharing them?

My favorite rock band, Led Zeppelin, will always remain in my heart. I will probably listen to this rendition of Stairway to Heaven for as long as I can remember to do so! Music has always and will always ignite my spirit profoundly. What can you do that would touch others and make them come alive? What would make YOU come alive? Think about it and do it.

View the honoring of Led Zeppelin at the John F. Kennedy Center below.

Read about Led Zeppelin and Heart.

Let us ROCK our talents, and long live Led Zep!

Posted by:Vilma Reynoso

Vilma Reynoso, aka Vilms, is a writer, gardening aficionado, and whole-food enthusiast who writes about the human experience, human rights, self-growth, and various subjects. Her passion is to inspire others to live their best lives for a kinder, more compassionate world. To learn more about Vilma, visit her website, www.vilmareynoso.com.

4 replies on “Rock Forevermore and Share Your Talent With the World

  1. F*cking Brilliant, Ms. Reynoso! Please indulge my attempt to paraphrase decently; To whom much is given, much is expected.

    As I gain wisdom (ie. age!!!) the reoccurring theme for me is that during the times I give my gifts, freely, it is me who actually reaps the greatest gifts!

    Keep rocking the world, Lady V…your shared gifts are a blessing to all.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s