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Friday, September 27, 2019

FRIDAY MUSIC: Ian Anderson, by JD

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By RicHard-59 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

In the late sixties and early seventies pop groups become more and more hirsute. Among contenders for the longest and straggliest hair were Jethro Tull. Just another rock and roll band you might think.

But no, because, led by vocalist and songwriter and flautist extraordinaire Ian Anderson, they shot to the upper reaches of the 'hit parade' with a lyrical song in 5/4 time. That was unheard of, most R/R music is 4/4 with occasional waltz time (3/4) and the raw stuff in 2/4.

But it was no fluke because Anderson has subsequently enjoyed an illustrious career and proved his musicianship with jazz and classical as well as performing an interstellar duet with an astronaut! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Anderson

 



 

 



  

 

 



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A late addition (second above) was Boris Dancing! Too good to resist even if it is about Boris Yeltzin and not 'our' Boris.

2 comments:

Mark In Mayenne said...

Many thanks

Paddington said...

I hear 5/4 time and I think of Dave Brubeck's 'Take 5'