Our musical tour makes a stop in Blackpool, England, where in 1968 Ian Anderson, a Scottish instrumentalist, formed the best English blues-rock-folk-progressive rock -jazz and everything-else-you-can-think-of band.
Its name was “Jethro Tull“.
Their music is characterised by the fusion of different and unusual instruments, like Ian’s flutes and pipes, that give to Jethro Tull its unique and I-don’t-know-what sound that made this band great.(I don’t know why, but I always thought that the “piper who will lead us to reason” sang by Led Zeppelin in Stairway to Heaven was Ian Anderson…)
I have chosen for you the song Aqualung, from their 4th album of 1971.
Aqualung is a strange song written by Ian and his wife about a homeless paedophile. The emotions that the song expresses may seem to be only sadness and fear. But the atmosphere created by the clash between music and lyrics is softly dark…it makes you think.
The first line of this song is:
“ Sitting on a park bench, eyeing little girls with bad intent. Snot running down his nose, greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes. Hey, Aqualung”.
If I had to give a definition for this song, I’d say that Aqualung is like a sunny day in spring when you know that it will rain in a second.
Maybe my choice won’t be loved by everybody. But I can assure you that Jethro Tull´s music has changed my musical attitude.
Enjoy Aqualung, Rock on!