Just recently, I re-discovered a band that I liked way back when they were new, in the 1970s. Now, I could kick myself for not going to see Jethro Tull when they were in town. For some unknown reason, maybe a snatch of tune heard over someone’s PA system, or a random mention in a post on another blog, I decided to see what was available on YouTube. Much to my delight, I discovered a wealth of audio and video over there at the site of the Evil Google-owned YouTube. Not only have people uploaded single songs and entire albums, but video of entire concerts! Never having seen them in person, I sat in front of my computer and watched some of this 1977 concert. It was so good, I begged my husband to watch it with me on our TV.
I swear, Ian Anderson is a veritable musical genius! He just does it all. How many other rock band leaders play a mean flute, in addition to every other instrument possible in a rock band?
So, I dropped by the iTunes store, and bought The Very Best Of album to load on my iPod to listen to at work. I have a very demanding job these days, and when I put on my noise-canceling headphones and listen to this, I can’t help smiling and even humming along-my cube-mates wonder if I’ve gone insane.
I have decided that Jethro Tull = Instant Happiness. It is impossible to listen to Bungle in the Jungle or Living in the Past and not smile, and forget your troubles (or those parts that were just rejected). Now when someone asks you who said “He who made kittens put snakes in the grass“, you can say “Ian Anderson, Bungle in the Jungle”!
Candidates for “best song I never knew”: “Steel Monkey”, and “Songs From the Wood”. I just wish I had paid more attention back then. It is fortunate that these songs are still readily available for anyone who wants to listen and enjoy.
YouTube has video of Jethro Tull concerts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s, a truly great band, who has remained great for 40 years! Remarkable!
Then, there’s this:
Instant Happiness, indeed!