Monday, August 10, 2009

wond'ring aloud

It's only the giving that makes you what you are.
Ian Anderson (b. 10 august 1947) musician

today the talented scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ian anderson turned 62. I've long been a fan of anderson and his band jethro tull; once I could claim that I knew all the lyrics to their epic song thick as a brick. having written this, I realized I've shared this bit of useless information last year when I made note of his birthday!

what I didn't share last year were these interesting bits of trivia about ian - for years he has been an ardent activist of protecting wild cats - particularly those who have been rescued from cruel captivity and he is also a big fan of indian food. in fact, he has even written his own guide to indian food which you can find here. don't ya love the way he ends his trestise on indian food?
Wagner, Beethoven and Hendrix might have chanced the Vindaloo but Mozart, Debussy and John Denver were probably Korma or, perhaps, Dhansak guys on a daring night. Got the picture? See you in Curry Heaven.


a vid of anderson singing wond'ring aloud - filmed in 1976 - I swear I saw him on this tour - but not at this venue.


wishing everyone a great start to your week!

I'm going to try and start posting more consistently starting this week. perhaps returning to regular posting will help organize my time which seems to be flying by at an alarming rate. I don't know about you, but I'm just in shock that it is already the 10th of august!!


15 comments:

subtorp77 said...

Hi kimy! Didn't know Ian was into the Indian food...mmmmm...curry! Noe if I can just find this and some other songs, for my playlist...happy week :)

Roy said...

Great Sunflower! And happy birthday Ian! I didn't know about his charity stuff; good to know, and good for him!

Speaking of musicians, Pete Seeger's half-brother Mike - Americana musicologist, performer, and founder of the New Lost City Ramblers - passed away Friday night. I attached a little obituary and a video to yesterday's blog entry.

willow said...

Happy Birthday, Mr. Anderson! WONderful sunflower, Kimy. Happy Monday to you, as well.

John Hayes said...

Gosh it's been years since I listened to Jethro Tull; "Wondering Aloud" is a sweet song. Anderson's flute playing was big-time influenced by one of my all-time favorite musicians, Rahsaan Roland Kirk; I believe Anderson covered RRK's "Serenade to a Cuckoo."

tut-tut said...

Jethro Tull! a girl who played the flute in high school felt vindicated!

California Girl said...

the sunflower is sublime.

not a Jethro Tull fan. of course I had their first big album but my husband-then-boyfriend hated the song Aqua Lung (I guess that was the album title now that I think about it). There was a wonderful instrumental on that album. Can't recall. Nothing like not being able to pull up memories. :)

Meri said...

I'm in shock, too. How can so much of the year have passed already? I'm behind my goals in my writing progress. Time to rededicate to the schedule!

Megan said...

I can't believe it either. Almost football season and I haven't even been to a baseball game yet. :(

Cheers for more posts from the Mouse, but don't over-extend yourself in this crazy heat!

Don't know much about Jethro Tull. Will investigate.

sleeping dragon said...

Thank you for the Tull reminder. I'm dusting off the turntable right now!

Baino said...

Thick as a Brick was my first 'grown up' album. I wore out the grooves! And thank you again for the code to widen my blog. I've passed it on to a few others. Pics certainly look so much nicer in a larger format.

mum said...

Heard the crows calling over here this morning. Which means the little ones are now on the wing. It may not be fall yet, officially, but the season is turning it's mind in that direction, for sure.

Is that a bee at the feeding trough on the sunflower? Great shot.

Cheers from Graulhet, kimy.

Candie Bracci said...

OH I LOVE IT!There are one of my favorites!You captured it well!

Steve said...

For the longest time, I thought Jethro Tull was a PERSON.

I love "Thick as a Brick," but some of his harsher songs -- like "Aqualung" -- can be a bit hard to take.

Meri said...

Oh my gosh - the first time I looked at the photo, I didn't notice the bee buzzing in the sunflower. I need to slow down!

A Well said...

I've been a Jethro Tull fan for a long time, but I didn't know about ol' Ian's love of cats and Indian food - two things that I share a love of...along with flute-playing. That article was a fun read! Who knew he had such a discerning palate? (for Indian food, of course, not cats)