The other day I was having an IM discussion with one of my peers regarding age discrimination in the workplace when I sent him the link to a great tune called “Old and in the Way” by some 9 fingered guitar player who’s name escapes me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYETHsxAv8c
That led me to this song by one of the greatest bands of all time, “Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die” by Jethro Tull. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUDHG0VMV3E
That in turn brought to mind the time when the city of Cedar Rapids, for one of it’s downtown festivals, scored a booking coup by landing KC and the Sunshine Band AND Jethro Tull! KC had put on a little weight (well, maybe a lotta weight) but he could still shake shake shake his bootie. Not once did I see him take a break to hit the oxygen tank.
Jethro Tull was fantastic that night. The band was playing a lotta stuff I had never heard before and Ian Anderson was in fine humor. The only bad thing was the gaggle of yuppies by me complaining that the band was not playing any of their “hits” and yapping about how they should go hit the hot tub. I, for one, can live without “Bungle in the Jungle” and their whining was distracting me so I told them to shut up. They took a look at this old and weary face and decided to move on. I think my companions were a little surprised also but, hey, I didn’t pay 15 bucks to listen some young….anyway, I digress. The show was great and of course the encore was “Aqualung” and “Locomotive Breath”. An excellent evening.
When I was in junior high my classmates and I were spinning the vinyl and listening to the album “Stand Up” by Tull. There is a great lyric on that album:
My first and last time with you and we had some fun. went walking through the trees, yeah! And then I kissed you once. Oh I want to see you soon but I wonder how. It was a new day yesterday but it’s an old day now.
Spent a long time looking for a game to play. My luck should be so bad now to turn out this way. Oh I had to leave today just when I thought I’d found you. It was a new day yesterday But it’s an old day now.
That song was later covered by Joe Bonamassa (who played at Bluesmore) and here is a video of that tasty song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GW1vkatj4w
My older brother Larry, God bless him, had great taste in music and brought back from college the double album “Living in the Past”. Tull put out a string of great albums in the ’70’s. Here are some live videos to prove the point:
I gotta go….it is late and I am skating away on the thin ice of a new day (an obscure Tull reference).