Friday, April 03, 2020

Friday Music: Life's A Long Song

It's hard to imagine that I was only 19 years old when I first heard this song and that nearly a half century has passed since. Roger and I were playing songs that began with the letter "L" on our iPhone when this song came on. I had completely forgotten that we even had it. It sent me back in time like a wild and wonderful flashback and also seemed so relevant for the present moment. Life is a long song... yes, it really is.

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  1. A "Long Song" that only lasts 3.12 minutes. Disappointing! In what seems a previous lifetime I used to paint caricatures of "pop stars", when I should have been doing my A-Level Art studies, and give them to friends. Ian Anderson was very popular - which was great because he was very easy to draw, a big mop of hair standing on one leg playing the flute! Happy days.

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    1. John-- It is a short song, that's true! I went to see Jethro Tull perform at the Fillmore East in 1969. I remember him standing on that one leg.

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  2. Jethro Tull was an important part of Britain's Agricultural Revolution (17 - 19th century). He invented the seed drill. I was always surprised that he branched out into music.

    I thought I'd go even further back than him. Are you old enough to remember Winchester Cathedral by The New Vaudeville Band. They're described as "a novelty group", yet another mystery in pop. The song can only be described as "weedy" (lacking substance, etiolated) yet I'm astonished to find out Sinatra covered it.

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    1. I remember Winchester Cathedral! Haven't thought of that in a very long time.

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    2. Roderick-- I remember Winchester Catherdral. I think it was popular in the mid 60s. I may have already been listening to The Beatles then and dismissed the song as pop.

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    3. I don't think the New Vaudeville Band were even a proper group, just a bunch of session men assembled to record a silly song. A band was hurriedly put together when the wretched thing became a hit. It was a bigger hit in the US than it was in the UK, part of that mad obsession with all things English that followed in the wake of the Beatles. Some like the Beatles, the Kinks and Small Faces were serious about creating an English style of popular music, having previously been much influenced by earlier US recordings, others like the NVB were not slow in cashing in.

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    4. John-- Thank you for the details. It seemed like a silly song even to my young 14 year old self.

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  3. Gosh. That brings back memories.

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    1. jo(e)-- It brought back memories for me too. What a time! Nice to see you here, thank you for stopping by.

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  4. Super memories. Yes, Winchester Cathedral too. Isn't it great to have such a wonderful youth full of music!

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    1. Barbara-- We really did come of age during a time of art in music. It was great!

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  5. A beautiful song. Thanks for reminding me!

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    1. Tara-- Glad you liked it. It's good to find these oldies.

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  6. Some how I missed this one originally. Thanks for putting him on the front burner.

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    1. Patti-- Jethro Tull did some lovely music back in the day.

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  7. I love Jethro Tull and this song especially. Like you, I had almost forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- I'm so glad you listened to this song back then. It really is lovely.

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  8. I've heard Jethro Tull but never this song. Life DOES seem like a long song when you're 19 years old!

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    1. Steve-- It's true, when I was 19 there was a very long song ahead of me.

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  9. Hey, this is getting out of hand. Not for a moment did I think Winchester Cathedral was great. And I've been to Winchester and seen the house of worship in question.

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    1. Roderick-- It would have surprised me if you actually liked that song. I didn't think for a moment that you did. No way!

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  10. I will admit to never having heard this song, even way back when, because I also never listened to anything my Jethro Tull. Thanks for expanding my musical horizon, Robin, even so many years later.

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    1. Beatrice-- I'm so glad to introduce you to new music. That's one of the best parts of the internet world.

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  11. I was not familiar with that song but I recall that the BRD was a huge fan of Jethro Tull, mainly because of the flautist Ian Anderson. (She was learning flute at the time.) But I like this and thanks for posting it.

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    1. Catalyst-- My sibs and I listened to Jethro Tull in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We went to see him in concert at the Fillmore East. I'm so glad you liked this song.

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  12. If only we could convince more people Life is a love song.

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    1. MRMacrum-- I would like to live in that world.

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