Sunday, August 10, 2008

wond'ring aloud

It's only the giving that makes you what you are.
Ian Anderson (b. 10 august 1947), singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist

I had the following jotted down for the step theme. however, the post ended up wandering in another direction. but I do like them.........

5 simple steps toward contentment
1) free your heart from hatred
2) free your mind from worries
3) live simply
4) give more
5) expect less

since high school I've enjoyed the music of ian anderson; in fact, at one time I could recite thick as a brick - in it's entirely. this is no small feat since as it's a really really long song, really more of an epic poem. still to this day, small wonderful snippets will drift into my mind 'the poet and the painter casting shadows on the water'.... 'draw the lace and black curtains and shut out the whole truth'.... 'so you ride yourselves over the fields and you make all your animal deals and your wise men don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick.....'

over the years I've caught anderson a few times in concert - both with and without jethro tull. he's definitely in my top ten of folks who consistently give a great show - anderson can be both quite the chameleon and quite the comedian. the last concert I attended was one of his orchestral concerts - and it rocked. the guy is a musical genius! happy birthday ian!

photo: orphaned raccoon at cleveland museum of natural history, july 2008.


Dumdad said...

Good choice: I'm a big Anderson fan too.

jenclair said...

Thanks for the video clip! Beautiful.

I read this article about giving and happiness a month or so ago; you may have already seen it, but it is so interesting to see the human contradictions.
Spending on Happiness
Not just one study, but several...

bitchlet said...

Thank you for the song.

Anonymous said...

Dennis always loved Jethro Tull

--- This comment is from Dennis

Steve said...

Definitely my fave Jethro Tull song.

d. chedwick said...

Hey Twin!

You've totally inspired a post (you and you- know -who)

tut-tut said...

Jethro Tull! That growly voice; that flute! It made being a flute player cool (sort of) in high school.

B Happy!

Coffee Messiah said...

Wow, although I always enjoyed TAAB I never would memorized the song, ever! ; (


Sep 21 2008 8:00P Legions Art (USA) Cedar Rapids, Iowa

AKA = 17 Hippies ; )

Coffee Messiah said...

Maybe these are closer 4 U:

17 Hippies@

9/20/08 USA - Madison, WI - Willy Street Fair

9/22/08 USA - Joplin, MO - Missouri Southern University

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dd - of course!

jen - hadn't seen it thanks - good piece.

b - you are most welcome

dennis - xxx

steve - for me there's are so many depending on my mood!

ched - great post. xxxxx see you SOON!!!!!

tut - the only instrument I ever tried to play was the flute - unfortunately, I'm pretty hopeless as an instrumentalist. but I did have fun for the 5 or 6 years I owned a flute playing around, then I had to sell it to make rent.... so my flute playing days were over! much to the delight of others within earshot!

coffee - hey, I was young when I had the song memorized....

thanks for the info on 17...I checked out their site and see that last year north america entered their touring universe - although I can't make it to a show this year, I'm hopeful with enough planning I can make it to a show next year! especially if they continue concentrating on some midwest venues....

for others interested in 17 hippies (they rock!!!) check out coffee's post for a vid & go to their website to see 17 hippie upcoming concerts or previous concerts

jude said...

i love how you bring all this back for me.

Cergie said...

What a cute little animal (a raccoon maybe ?). It has only food and water problems. And perhaps love problem too sometimes.
It is never cold, it has such a thick fur.
It seems a bit anxious though. It is not a great philosoph


Cergie said...

I wonder if Dennis, Edward and Ched are greater philosophs

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

That photo at the top gave me a Monday a.m. jolt. In case you don't know raccoons are my number one, most despised back yard varmint.

Megan said...

Great video! I have yet to see him in concert but now I want to!

Squirrel said...

The first time I saw Jethro Tull in concert I was underage and returned much later than I thought -- to find a search party had formed for me.

Love the Benefit Album!

WAT said...

Yes, I really need to adopt #2 and #5 in my life. Please help.


And I happen to like raccoons, except they can get real big and kinda creepy.