Cover Song of the Month: February 2013

Upon searching for “Stairway to Heaven” covers on YouTube, one stand-alone video was discovered.  In this video, which can be found below, a guitarist named Marcello Calabrese is shown playing an extremely precise version of Led Zeppelin’s classic, “Stairway to Heaven,” on the streets of Rome.

This particular song is probably one of the most overplayed songs in the world, but for good reason.  Led Zeppelin created a masterpiece ballad, which has since led to many aspiring guitarists being ejected from shops like Guitar Center for playing “Stairway to Heaven” on the merchandise.

As for Calabrese, it would have been a regretful decision for a music shop to kick him out for playing the aforementioned masterpiece.  As portrayed in the YouTube clip, Calabrese perfected the guitar work that Jimmy Page once wrote.  Using looping pedals, this street guitarist played the song from start to finish as if Page were there.  The only thing missing was Robert Plant’s voice.

That is not to say that Calabrese did not put his own mark on it.  He added some classical influences into his version as well as his own heart and soul.  While there is no mistaking what song he is playing, it is by no means a clone of the original version.  As any great cover song should be, Marcello Calabrese’s version of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is an interpretation of the original song.

See and hear it for yourself:

 

What should March’s cover song be?  Leave any ideas in the comments section.

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