Apr 262020

  • “Communication Breakdown”
  • “Whole Lotta Love”
  • “Ramble On”
  • “Immigrant Song”
  • “Dancing Days”
  • “Good Times Bad Times”
  • “Over the Hills and Far Away”
  • “D’yer Maker”
  • “What Is and What Should Never Be”
  • “Going to California”
  • “Misty Mountain Hop”

You may be wondering, as I am, if Pluribus, the love of my life, will ever “let the music be [his] master” and “heed the master’s call.” E. has a lot of explaining to do. Moderator, know that we may never, in fact, convince him of the joys of rice pudding, goat cheese, or Virginia Woolf’s masterful stream-of-conscious prose (which probably explains our appreciation of the lengthier Zep workouts). That said, he obviously has some explaining to do. I ask that you utilize the power of the RTH Main Stage to address my husband’s serious character flaws. To quote Robert, “I smell the rain, and with it pain, and it’s headed my way.” 

And I ask the rest of you to participate in this most necessary intervention.

Lady Gergely


  5 Responses to “Houses of the Self-Quarantined”

  1. Happiness Stan

    Hey EPG, seriously man, I’m with you on rice pudding and Virginia Woolf, but you’re not going to win this one. If it were me I’d let it go for the sake of a quiet life.

    Mrs H dislikes music and doesn’t understand why anyone would think about it, read our write about it, care about it or do anything other than listen to it when it’s on. If pressed, she’ll admit to not minding Queen, Yes and Jean Michel Jarre, which I believe proves beyond doubt that she genuinely has no understanding of what music even is. I’m damned sure I couldn’t think of more than three Queen songs I’d admit to ever wanting to hear again, apart from Seven Seas of Rhye, which is bloody awesome, none come to mind. Wondrous Stories is the only Yes song I wouldn’t turn off of it came on the radio, and I believe JMJ only ever had one song.

    I’d be happy to listen to that Zep list, although mine would only have two songs in common. No love for When the Levee Breaks, Rock and Roll or Trampled Underfoot?

    Mate, if I was banging my head as hard against the wall as this I’d be wanting to listen to Black Sabbath. Does she make you listen to Rush as well? Give it up my friend, for your own sanity.

  2. Hey, hey, what can I say? EPG likes at least 11 Led Zeppelin songs. Mad props to Lady Gergely for helping him make this breakthrough! This is an important step in the evolution of Rock Town Hall and a rare time when I’ll call on the song that may be most antithetical to all we do here: “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (but I Like It).”

    Sometimes it’s important to acknowledge that something can’t be all bad if it makes us feel good. I think I’m paraphrasing Jesus or Tony! Toni! Toné!. You may recall a similar journey of self-realization I went through years ago, when after spending most of my adulthood to that point claiming that I didn’t like David Bowie despite liking, as I slowly realized, 30 songs by him, Townman Alexmagic called me to the carpet to list those 30 songs. As soon as I came clean to the Hall, to myself, a burden was lifted.


    The fact that 30 Bowie songs made me feel good said something about the true value of Bowie in my life. The fact that Zeppelin songs are, by nature, 62% longer than songs you typically like brings you up to a similar total of enjoyable minutes of music that otherwise would not exist in this lifetime. I’m also pleased with your 11 choices, especially “Going to California.” You know, I am banking, that the song is inspired by your girl Joni Mitchell.

  3. A solid marriage is all about the art of compromise. Know that I’m improving in that area, but I still need a lot of work!

  4. Happiness Stan

    Mr M, I recently undertook that exercise with the Beatles, who I’d written off for a quarter of a century after overdosing in my teens and twenties. I’m never likely to listen to Pepper again, but boy did they have some cracking tunes.

    While locking down I’m trying all the time to count my blessings and see the positive in as many things as I’m able. To that end, while out for our state sanctioned daily exercise today I was trying to think of bands or artists I think I don’t like but do really and come up with an EPG Zep list for them. I tried it with Queen but didn’t get far, interesting exercise, though, with a lot of self searching concerning the line between liking a song and being able to tolerate it.

  5. Happiness, I really doubt I could put together a list of 11 Queen winners. They really don’t click for me either.

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