Tull Tuesday #4

Distributed as a solo effort by Ian Anderson, the 2000 release of The Secret Language of Birds, features mostly, then current members of Jethro Tull.  Go Figure.

The song starts with Doane Perry and Jonathan Noyce channeling their inner birds. Well done.

Ian, as always and to be expected, hams it up for the camera.

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A Reminder

I have been a fan of Ronnie James Dio since I saw him with Rainbow in 1976.

A reminder to those who didn’t know their parents listened to the likes of Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, Blue Oyster Cult and Metallica, et. al. back  in the day.

It takes a lot to shock us.   Reliable sources advise me that their effort was not even close and I was better off watching “Northwoods Law” on Animal Planet, (the only channel I watch, with rare exceptions), but I digress.

“We are in some kind of weird loop of people pretending to be outraged by people pretending to be outrageous”  —David Burge

Click on the link to Kurt Harden’s Cultural Offering blog for the rest of the story. It’s all you need to know about Sunday night.

I do suppose you can give them credit for trying.

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A Monday Morning Dichotomy

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery

Fydor Dostoevsky, (1821-1881)

Which do you chose?

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Sunday Pipes #85

This episode showcases both a new organ and organist, albeit both unidentified, other than being part of the Grissini Project.

I knew it was going to get interesting at 1:28 when the organist began “pulling out all the stops.”

4 Minutes  of auditory joy.

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Thank You, Ira

Ira “Bob” Born, father of the Peeps brand has died at age 98.  Our daughters are lifelong  fans.

“Seventy years later, Peeps remain Just Born’s most recognizable candy brand, the company says. Just Born makes around 2 billion Peeps each year, or enough to circle the globe two-and-a-half times.”

His full obituary/story here.

May his legacy live on.


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A Choice

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right.”

-Tony Robbins

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Often Forgotten

“When you were made a leader,  you weren’t given a crown; you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others”

-Jack Welch

Unfortunately for some, the title becomes a tool to bully co-workers while exempting themselves from basic rules of the organization. “Yes men/women” rarely make good leaders, as self-preservation takes precedence over mentoring and encouraging success in others. Yet, they are often the ones promoted by their own insecure leaders. The likely result is organizational disintegration, turnover and Nero fiddling while Rome burns, hoping for the fire department to show up.



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Tull Tuesday #3

Wondring Aloud is from the 1971,  “Aqualung” record. This video is taken from the 2002 “Living With The Past” DVD.

I picked this video in part, because of the brief comments by the members of the band.  Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Andrew Giddings, Jonathan Noyce and Doane Perry, in my opinion, were the best lineup that Anderson put together in the 50+ years that Jethro Tull has existed.

Wondring Aloud is a gentle, accoustic piece, here performed by Ian and Andrew supported by a string quartet.


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On Dogs, Sleep & Trains

It’s Monday morning, but feels more like late afternoon. For some reason, my brain decided it would be a good idea to take two, 2-hour naps last night with 3 hours in between.  I had a brief email exchange with David Kanigan (DK) in the middle of it all as he was up because Wally needed to go out and pee and now DK was online, liking my posts at 0322, Eastern time. I thanked him and shared my frustration with being up.

You don’t know who DK & Wally are?  Well, click here and you can meet both of them as David celebrates a milestone today, (almost). That’s Wally to the Left. He’s quite a blogger himself. See here.

The saying below may have something to do with my transient insomnia.

“I don’t have a train of thought. I have seven trains, on 4 tracks that narrowly avoid each other when the paths cross and all the conductors are screaming.”

-ht, Ginny Sanzo Stuetz

Happy Monday, nonetheless.

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January 23-30, 1978

This has always been one of my favorite songs by Steve Forbert and I almost forgot to share it as I have for the last decade or so during the last week in January

From the 1979, Jackrabbit Slim album.



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