Must See

Janie and I watched Jethro Tull: Live at the Isle of Wight a few years ago at the suggestion of he who shall not be named on this website. I’d never before heard a Jethro Tull song, so my main motivation was to see what was described as “a scruffy homeless looking guy wearing a torn up bathrobe, a yellow leotard with a loin cloth playing the flute on one leg, sometimes kicking it out and grunting like a chimpanzee.” I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see it, especially since it was “on demand” with Comcast all those precious years ago when Janie and I had cable television. Needless to say, we were not disappointed.

As I was updating my masthead last night (can’t see the new design? hold the “control” button and refresh a few times until it shows up) I decided to put something from Netflix instant viewing on in the background. After I finished a documentary on the Great Wall of China, I clicked on Jethro Tull: Live at the isle of Wight because I knew I would be entertained. It’s not quite the same as the “on demand” version we saw, this one has lead singer Ian Anderson giving commentary throughout and includes some behind the scenes festival footage that wasn’t part of what we originally saw. It did have the bands entire performance of “My God” which is, by far, the most ridiculous and entertaining part of the show. It’s worth the ten minutes of your life not only because it’s a pretty good song, but because Ian Anderson goes god damn crazy with that flute at about the 3:30 mark.

Thank you and you’re welcome:


  1. October 2, 2008

    love the new masthead, halloween is my favorite of all holidays. he does go god damn crazy with that flute, doesn’t he. think he was taking drugs at all? i’m thinking, yes.

    i was a first chair (sometimes 2nd) flute for about seven years in school. are you impressed? i never played like ian, i was more of a sir james galway flutist.

  2. October 2, 2008

    Wow, crazy indeed… I’ve listened, but I’m pretty sure this is my first visual, and yes, it’s a bit unnerving. Amazingly enough, Galway, Ian Anderson, and the girl who was first chair in my highschool band are the first three people who come to mind when I think of the flute.

    Nobody ever does anything that with a bass trombone.

    And I do like the new masthead. 😉

  3. October 2, 2008

    Whups, sorry, I was trying for “anything like that.” I apologize, it’s late…

  4. Joel
    October 3, 2008

    OK, so I know it’s probably not the flute that you like so much as the rest of the music and the crazy drug induced freak out solo, but for insane fluting I’d point you in the direction of this guy:

    He and I decided to take up flute together in elementary school. We figured it was a more interesting choice than drums or trumpet. Through elementary and middle school he and I were the only boys in the flute section. We were like bookends, with him at first chair and me at last. I haven’t picked up a flute since high school. Now he has his own wikipedia page and several YouTube videos with 10M+ hits.

  5. heathen
    October 3, 2008

    okay, Joel, that is some fantastically insane beatbox fluting.

    look at all you flautists. I played the clarinet for a year and the trumpet for two in grade school. I was never very good at either.

  6. October 3, 2008

    love that video, and p.s. i am proud to be stalking a person that knows about (and how to spell) “flautists”.

  7. October 4, 2008

    Ah, what LSD will do to a classical music education. Man that’s amazing, though, in a “what the heck was that” sort of way.

    Anyway, to continue one with our flautist theme, here’s another flautist of note:

  8. heathen
    October 7, 2008

    Oh, Carl, the best one yet!

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