Battle of the Bands RESULTS: Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin vs. Heart


It’s Battle of the Bands RESULTS Day for one of my most fun battles of all time. I couldn’t wait to see how this one turned out. I’m not surprised but I must say there were several voters who were surprised by their own votes. I love when that happens!

This battle featured the iconic song Stairway to Heaven, pitting legendary Led Zeppelin against Heart with Jason Bonham on drums (son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham), both presenting live performances.

Led Zeppelin was fantastic and I love their performance. But my vote went to Heart. Their performance absolutely blew me away. With the strings, the horns, the singers and the amazing full choir that popped up, it was simply spectacular. It literally gave me chills and brought me to tears!

Apparently, many other folks were moved too. Here’s how the votes shake out:

Led Zeppelin:  7 votes

Heart:  14 votes (including mine)

If you want to see the Heart performance again, here it is (I can watch this over and over, it’s that good!):

Thanks so much for participating. This one was really fun for me and I’m glad that so many of you enjoyed it as well.

See you on November 1st for the next battle…


Battle of the Bands: Stairway to Heaven


This song probably needs no introduction or explanation but here’s what Wikipedia says about the song: “Stairway to Heaven” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant for the band’s untitled fourth studio album (often called Led Zeppelin IV). It is often referred to as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

The song has three sections, each one progressively increasing in tempo and volume. The song begins in a slow tempo with acoustic instruments (guitar and recorders) before introducing electric instruments. The final section is an uptempo hard rock arrangement highlighted by Page’s intricate guitar solo accompanying Plant’s vocals that end with the plaintive a cappella line: “And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.”

“Stairway to Heaven” was voted number 3 in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs, and was placed at number 31 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States in the 1970s, despite never having been commercially released as a single there.

 Here are my battle contestants:


The footage is from the concert film “The Song Remains the Same.” The concert took place in Madison Square Garden, New York City.



Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, along with Jason Bonham, playing Stairway to Heaven as a tribute for Led Zeppelin on Dec. 2, 2012 at Kennedy Center.

It was televised by CBS on Dec. 26, 2012, but as a short version. This is the full version released on iTunes in 2013.

The honorees were truly impressed, I do believe. What do you think?


TIME TO VOTE! Which version do you like better and why? And when you’re done voting, please visit these other BOTB participants and check out their cool battles:

The Loss of a Great Man: Ed Truhlik (7/7/1928 – 10/11/2016)


Dad - Christmas 2007

It is in the depths of great sorrow that I report the passing of my father, Ed Truhlik, who lived a good long life until Congestive Heart Failure took him suddenly from us on Tuesday morning, October 11, 2016.

It was overwhelmingly traumatic while on the phone with the 911 dispatcher as my Dad was gasping for air. The EMS Techs and the guys from the fire department worked on him for 40 minutes but couldn’t bring him back. It was devastating.

At least he’s no longer in pain. For the last few years, my Dad suffered tremendous pain in both his shoulders. The arthritis had him bone on bone in both. He desperately wanted to have surgery but no one would touch him because, at 88, he was declared a high cardiac risk. So he suffered every single day. The only saving grace with his passing is knowing that he’s not hurting anymore.


My father was a great man. Everyone who met him loved him. He was a very genuine down-to-earth man. A big man, he stood 6 feet tall and hovered around 234 lbs. but he was gentle and quiet.

Dad 11-28-2004


He certainly was no stranger to hard work. A bull-worker I’d call him. He was an awesome provider and worked hard all his life, retiring in 1990 from his job as a Millwright at General Motors (Harrison Radiator in Lockport NY). When he wasn’t working for GM, he was busy working around the house. “Tinkering” he’d call it. He was always doing something, fixing something, building something. He stayed busy.

It was especially sad that in recent years he was no longer able to really do much. He had neuropathy in his feet and it made him very unsteady and he used a walker to get around. Over the last year that he and my Mom have been staying with me, he fell a number of times, each time requiring a call to 911 for a lift assist request from the wonderful guys at the fire department. It was heartbreaking to see my big strong strapping dad lying helplessly on the floor. As they say, getting old ain’t for sissies.


My dad was a proud military veteran, having served in both the Navy and the Army — serving in WWII and the Korean War. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and was later an MP at Fort Bragg. My parent’s car sports an Airborne license plate and so many times people have stopped and went out of their way to thank him for his service. I always thought that was so nice.



A few years ago when my folks were visiting, we were sitting out on my deck on a gorgeous Spring day when I started asking my Dad about his military days. He began recounting and reminiscing and as he talked, I sat there and took notes on my iPad. I’m so grateful that we had that conversation, he had such a rich history!


One of the many things that I’m going to miss about my dad is seeing all his tattoos. He had several and they looked so cool. Getting all of them during his early military years they were faded blue and they looked so fantastic on his tanned body. (He loved to sit in the sun).


Dad - November 2004

He had tats of naked women on his arms and thighs, a crucifix on his upper arm, sparrows above each tit, one reading “Sweet” and the other “Sour”.  Plus some other designs, including a parachute to honor his 43 jumps. Probably what I loved the most were the tats on his knuckles: on one hand were the letters L O V E and on the other his name E D D Y. I was holding his hand after he passed and rubbing those knuckles on the hand that had his name. I thought how sad that I’m never going to see his tattoos again. They were just so much a part of him and his history.


I will be forever grateful to have spent this last year with him. My folks came down (from North Carolina) last November to spend the winter with me, but my Mom ended up having open heart surgery in February so they’ve been here all this time as she has been recovering. I would’ve been more than devastated if he had died so many miles away from me.

During this past year, I’ve had the privilege of learning more about my Dad, his childhood and his life. I’ll miss the dinnertime conversations and all the opportunities I had to ask questions. I’ll miss taking him to Costco where he loved to sit in the food court and eat a few hotdogs. I’ll miss taking him to Rick’s Flattop Shop for his haircuts, where he so enjoyed talking about the good ol’ days with the barber.


Dad at Rick's Flattop Shop - April 2016


I’ll really miss him greeting me each morning. He’d come out of his room every day saying “Good morning, good morning, good morning!” I’d say “Hi Dad” and he’d say “Hi Dupe.” All of my life, since I was a baby, he’s called me Dupey. I’m sad that I’ll never hear him call me that again.

Thankfully we’ve had all this amazing quality time together over the last year. Talk about priceless!

More than anything, I’m forever grateful that God gave me the wonderful man that was my father. He will be greatly missed by many, and especially by our family.  One thing that I know for sure: he loved me deeply. There wasn’t anything in the world that he wouldn’t do for me. And I loved him so much.

I miss you Dad! Keep an eye on me from up above and give me some signs that you’re still with me. You’ll always be in my heart. Thank you for being such a great father. I love you always.

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Battle of the Bands RESULTS – I Got You


The results are in for my battle on Split Enz’ song I Got You. Contenders were Vitamin C and The Connells. It was low voter turnout again… C’mon guys, Summer’s over! No more seasonal excuses!

Vitamin C garnered most of the votes, including mine. I like the electonica sound so that won me over. And I liked her vocals. I did like The Connells too so it wasn’t exactly an easy decision for me. But in the end, I went with the majority on this one.

Final Tally:

Vitamin C:   8 votes (including one from Jeffrey Scott via Facebook Messenger)

The Connells:  5 votes


As always, thanks for participating in my battle! See you on the 15th for the next round. You won’t want to miss my next battle so stay tuned!

Question of the Month: Decisions and Regrets

question of the month

It’s the first Monday of the month and that means it’s time for the Question of the Month, hosted by Michael D’Agostino  of A Life Examined. This month’s question:

“What’s a decision you’ve made in the past that you know, logically, was the right decision to make, but which you still feel guilty or regretful about?”

This is a tough question. Sure, I’ve made plenty of decisions that I regret, but that’s because they were the wrong decisions, not the right ones. I thought long and hard on this, trying to remember a decision that was the right one but one that I regret.

The only thing that came to mind isn’t anything heavy. In fact, it’s kind of superficial. Many years ago I made a decision to sell some of my prized possessions because I was hard up for cash. I sold some amazing sculptures and an incredible and unique clock. They were unlike anything I had ever seen and I haven’t seen anything like them since. I so regret selling those pieces and really wish I had them back. Especially that damn clock!

I’ve considered drawing a sketch of it and having my contractor build it but I don’t think it would be the same. It was absolutely stunning, this clock. It was taller than me, very contemporary and very Deco in design. It was literally a piece of furniture, it was so big.

I think I sold a piece of my heart that day…and I occasionally mourn that clock still. Silly, huh?

What about you? What decision have you made that you know in your heart was the right one, but one that you regret?