I just want to discuss a song from the 1960s Woodstock-esque era that I cannot stop listening to. I don’t know why, but I can’t stop listening to the song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane. I think the song is a great song and is an iconic Haight-Ashbury era song. Now having said that, Jefferson Airplane is not among my favorite classic rock bands. They are probably not ever Top 10. I’d have to think about where they rank among my other favorite classic rock bands like the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix…all those other great classic rock bands. But I do like Jefferson Airplane, don’t get me wrong. To me, they just aren’t the greatest thing ever to come out of that era.
Actually, truth be told, I have seen Jefferson Starship (they changed their name to “Jefferson Starship” in 1972 and had different members) three times. I think the most I have ever paid to see them was $25 for a front row seat at the Maryland State Fair in 2018. The other two times were at the Dundalk Heritage Fair in 2013 and at Wounded Warrior Benefit concert in 2017. The show at the Heritage Fair was free with admission to the Fair ($10) and the Wounded Warrior show was a birthday gift.
But going back to my original point about the song, I think White Rabbit is just such an iconic song from the hippie era of the 60s. I mean, that bassline is instantly recognizable and unique. And because of the song White Rabbit, everyone who has heard the song knows how it feels to “Fall down the Rabbit-hole”. Not only that, but everyone who knows that song knows what the Door-mouse said: “Feed your head!”
Sure, Jefferson Airplane was probably higher than a kite when they wrote that song, but honestly, I think that’s where most of the innovative and creative and iconic songs from that generation came from. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix is a prime example of that. The musicians who wrote some of the best songs of the 1960s probably had a lot of “inspiration” from a, shall we say, “Higher” source.
Please note I am 100% ABSOLUTELY NOT promoting drug use, especially hallucinogenic drugs, but I do honestly find it hard to believe that the most psychedelic and “trippy” songs ever written and how commonplace drugs like Acid, LSD, and pot were at the time aren’t connected. I mean, it’s even used to describe an entire genre of music: “acid rock”! How else would they have come up with such creative stuff?
So to wrap things up, I love the song White Rabbit. It is such a great song to listen to and sing along to. The lyrics are simplistic but effective and hearing it live is an experience in and of itself. So that’s my opinion on the Jefferson Airplane song White Rabbit. What do you think of this song, or psychedelic trippy songs from the mid-to-late 60s in general? Thanks for reading!