When I was 16, I did something that could've marked me for life... but I was lucky. See, my friends all had a musical sense. We were all either musicians, artists or at the very least enthusiastic fans (phans...). Still, at 16 there was a natural pack mentality. We listened to the same music (for the most part). My love for jazz music always set me apart but when I was with my pack... I went along.
One day, early in my driving career I got in the car with an unmarked cassette tape that belonged to my older sister. Curiosity may have killed the cat but, it was always an irresistible source of life and adventure for me.
I put the tape in and started the engine.... at first, nothing but static and a light thumping sound.... and then it started.
Ian Anderson wildly "apologizing" for his new amplified sound, referring to his cables as "the umbilical cord of electrical excess..."
I was intrigued.
And then he began to play "Locomotive Breath"... and I can only imagine how fast I started to drive (I am genetically predisposed to lead foot driving and loud music listening).
As my relationship with Anderson and the rest of Jethro Tull thrived, my friends came along for the ride. It was one of my first musical discoveries!
And now it's your turn to allow Ian Anderson's quirky talent to make you a Jethro Tull enthusiast.
They certainly stand in a category of their own... if only because their huge personalities leave little room for anyone else 😂.