Thursday, May 25, 2023

Why Greta Van Fleet Should Get a Free Pass for Sounding Like Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Rush, Yes and More

If you've ever heard Greta Van Fleet, you've probably heard the comparisons to seventies rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Yes. Some people are discrediting the band due to the comparisons they've made. I feel that this band should get a free pass for echoing the hallowed saints of rockdom, quite noticeably, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Hell, even Robert Plant stated during an interview the band WAS Led Zeppelin I. But before you write off Greta Van Fleet as some sort of Grammy-winning cover band, I want to point something out.

Greta Van Fleet features twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka, their younger brother Sam Kiszka, and their friend and bandmate Danny Wagner. First, it must be stated that Josh and Jake Kiszka were a whopping 16 years old when they formed their band. Little brother Sam was only 13 years old. 

When they released their first song 'Highway Tune' with former drummer Kyle Hauck (before Danny Wagner replaced him) Josh and Jake were 17. The song was used for the series Shameless and when it was released as the band's first single on April 2, 2017, the twins were just turning 21 years old. 

It's only natural that their influences would weigh heavily on their sound and as they grow, and have more experiences, their sound will also grow and evolve. 

There's no question that Greta Van Fleet's influences are identifiable in each of their songs but this is true of many artists. 

Greta Van Fleet writes their own songs and anyone who challenges Josh Kiszka's voice as being on par with the rock and roll greats including Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, Geddy Lee, Jon Anderson, and Bruce Dickinson is hearing impaired. 

If it weren't for Josh Kiszka's voice drawing comparisons to classic rock bands, his twin brother Jake's lead guitar playing would be enough to keep the complainers full of gripes. Jake's heavy guitar riffs are comparable to those of Jimmy Page and Pete Townsend. Sam Kiszka rocks out on the bass and even drummer Danny Wagner is often compared to Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.

Middle Eight asked the question if Greta Van Fleet sounds 'too much' like Led Zeppelin and over 12,000 people shared comments weighing in on the subject. 

Some have praised the band for keeping the spirit of classic rock alive and doing so in a way that is relevant to today's generation.

Check out Greta Van Fleet's 'Meeting the Master' in the video player below.

Greta Van Fleet 'Meeting the Master'

Greta Van Fleet is a psychedelic, bluesy caravan that magically transports you to the dynamic sound of the 70s. Their prowess is homage to the classic rock gods of old, but make no mistake, this is a modern band, crafting a modern sound.

With their new album "Starcatcher" out on July 21, 2023, their meteoric rise to fame is sure to hit new heights.

Are you going for the ride?

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Meditation's Reset Button: How To Restart Your Life

Have you ever wished you could reset your life? You know, just put a stop to everything that has brought you to this present moment, push a magic button, and start again. Would you be surprised if I told you that you can? Unfortunately, there isn't a magic button to push, but you can reset and restart your life through the power of meditation.

The saying is: As a man thinketh; so is he... and there is 100 percent truth in this philosophy. Your present circumstances and situation is a manifestation of what you thought and meditated on in the past. Your thoughts either led to actions or your decision to remain inactive, but either way, you are where you are now, because of the choices you made in the past.

If you want to restart your life, you need to think right now...and then make choices based on your new viewpoint. Only then will you find in the future that your new way of thinking manifested your new life!

It's so easy to forget that we are spiritual beings having an earthly experience. Our lives are fast-paced and many of us can't even find time to slow down and breathe. Everything is fast... in fact, many call this the microwave generation. It's no wonder that our modern society has resulted in people feeling stressed out and overwhelmed.

Anxiety disorders are widespread and many people have a deep longing to reset and recharge, yet never do.

Meditation is the best way that everyone can take time out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and restart their life.

Meditation is an ancient practice that is backed by science. It will help you cultivate inner peace, and tranquility, and redirect your focus on the places where you want to put it. No longer will life grab a hold of you and take you on a journey. Instead, with meditation, you are given the tools to lead your life and move it in the direction you want to go.

Remember, your future is determined by the actions you take today, and where you put your mind or thoughts, action will follow. (check out my article on Fractal Flowers 'How Energy Follows Thoughts Connects to Positive Thinking) Willie Nelson released a song about this ancient philosophy that is the secret of manifesting the life you want that is in accordance with your higher will and for the greatest good of all.

When you spend quiet time in meditation, bringing awareness and attention on your breath (or a mantra or object of your choosing) you quiet the mind and create an atmosphere to connect with Spirit for your greatest good. 

Not only does meditation help your physical well-being, but it is also healthy for your emotional and spiritual health. 

Meditation can help you with your focus and concentration. These skills are imperative for restarting and resetting your life. If you want to set goals and achieve them, you need to focus your energy in the most constructive way. Meditation is key for creating attainable goals that will help you manifest your dreams.

Meditation can help with emotional intelligence by helping you turn your attention inward so that you can focus on self-awareness. Being able to simply sit in your own energy and power is often the catalyst needed to reset and restart your life.

Here are some benefits you can achieve from meditating on a regular basis.

Meditation Benefits

1. Reduce Stress and Anxiety: One of the main benefits of meditation is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. By focusing your attention on your breath or a specific object, you can quiet your mind and calm your nervous system. This can help you feel more relaxed and less anxious, allowing you to approach life's challenges with greater ease and clarity. 

2. Improve Sleep: Meditation has been shown to improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia. By practicing meditation before bed, you can calm your mind and body, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

3. Increase Self-Awareness: Meditation can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. By observing your thoughts without judgment, you can gain insight into your patterns of thinking and behavior. This can help you identify areas of your life that may need attention and make positive changes. 

4. Boost Creativity and Productivity: Meditation can help improve focus and concentration, which can boost creativity and productivity. By quieting your mind and reducing distractions, you can tap into your inner creativity and find new solutions to problems.

5. Promote a Sense of Inner Peace and Well-Being: Meditation can help you cultivate a sense of inner peace and well-being. By connecting with your inner self and finding a sense of calm, you can approach life's challenges with greater ease and grace. 

How to Get Started with Meditation

If you're new to meditation, getting started can seem daunting. Here are some tips to help you get started: 

 1. Start Small: Begin by meditating for just a few minutes each day and gradually increase the length of your sessions as you become more comfortable. 

 2. Find a Quiet Space: Choose a quiet space where you won't be disturbed. You can sit on a cushion or chair, or even lie down if that's more comfortable for you. 

3. Focus on Your Breath: Begin by focusing your attention on your breath. Notice the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves your body. If your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to your breath. 

 4. Use a Guided Meditation: If you're having trouble getting started, try using a guided meditation. There are many apps and websites that offer guided meditations for free. 

5. Be Patient: Meditation is a practice, and it takes time and patience to develop. Don't get discouraged if your mind wanders or if you don't feel the benefits right away. Stick with it, and you'll begin to see the benefits over time. 


Meditation can be a powerful tool for resetting your life and finding a sense of balance and calm. By reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep, increasing self-awareness, boosting creativity and productivity, and promoting a sense of inner peace and well-being, meditation can help you approach life's challenges with greater ease and clarity. If you're new to meditation, start small and be patient. With practice, you'll begin to see the benefits of this powerful practice.