Saturday, January 20, 2007

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull is one of my fave musicians. Been to two of his concerts in Dubai and Toronto, I have come to know him more and more over the past few years too. I just regret why I didn't discover his music earlier. You never get tired of his style though...

I just saw that he has written a pretty long note on his new tours, new ear phones, new band members and for sure his unique sense of humor:
    As you might guess, my old ears have been ringing for most of the 39 years of Tull touring and, although we are far from being the loudest band in town, it has still been pretty punishing over the years. The pleasures of the many quieter shows (on stage that is – still pretty loud for the audience) which I have been doing more recently has meant no more fuzzy hearing and headaches after shows. The difficulty in hearing myself in the midst of relative cacophony has been replaced by a much nicer way of doing business with you. Kept me in better humour too as some have noticed. Not that I’m cranky or anything. Who, me?
Jethro Tull is a great band and will always be one.


programmer craig said...

Hey, Winston, I totally agree with you! Jethro Tull was about the only band my Mom liked that I also liked, back when I was a kid. Thanks for the reminder, I'm off to see what I can find on YouTube now :)

kupablo said...

winston they are comming to Israel sonn, so you are more than invited.

Louise said...

My brother was a fan, too. He lived with us (my ex and I) during his first year of university many, many years ago and I remember one time he had a Jethro Tull record on as we were sitting down to eat the evening meal. There was one song on the record that contained the phrase "feeling like a dead duck". It played just as as we were about to carve up the roast duck. We can still laugh about it today.

programmer craig said...

This one is good... and I never heard it before. I guess most the Tull songs I know are from the 1970s.

Jethro Tull: Broadsword (March 1982)

i see a dark sail on the horizon
set under a black cloud that hides the sun

bring me my broadsword and clear understanding
bring me my cross of gold as a talisman
get up to the roundhouse on the cliff-top standing
take women and children and bed them down

bring me my broadsword and clear understanding
bring me my cross of gold as a talisman
bless with a hard hearth those who surround me
bless the women and children who firm our hands
put our backs to the north wind, hold fast by the river
sweet memories to drive us on for the motherland

I think the "dark sail on the horizon" must be the English, since the band is Scottish, eh? English bastards.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha
Louise, that song was "Aqualung", the title song of the album.

Louise said...

Ah yes. That rings a bell. My bro is four years younger than me and that was 30+ years ago. It was just one of those funny synchronistic moments that made everyone howl with laughter.

Sherry said...

I remember Jethro Tull and that song Aqualung. In my 39 years of life, I was pretty much forced to listen to Elvis Presley! Oh well, I guess you don't have much say when your mom overrules you. LOL