This is song goes in and out of my head on a regular basis, but I have hesitated to post it because Wifey® absolutely hates it. Well, in all honesty, she hates everything about the band.
But this is my blog, not her’s so I’m posting it.
This song is what most likely gave Ian Anderson the “mad flutist” nickname. Ian is a pretty decent guitarist in his own right. But was not quite up to snuff for the band’s manager who wanted to keep on rhythm guitar, but as Ian says:
I didn’t want to be just another third-rate guitar player who sounded like a bunch of other third-rate guitar players. I wanted to do something that was a bit more idiosyncratic, hence the switch to another instrument. When Jethro Tull began, I think I’d been playing the flute for about two weeks. It was a quick learning curve … literally every night I walked onstage was a flute lesson.
The story I heard was that Ian was checking out local bands for ideas when he came across Eric Clapton playing and realized he could never match what he was hearing so he picked up the flute because nobody else was playing it. The fact that whichever band Eric was playing with at the time isn’t mentioned, probably makes this an “urban myth”. But it sounds cool!
This is a high-energy video of Tull in concert. Enjoy!
P.S. Samhain is coming up!