Post by newdayyesterday on Dec 21, 2020 11:24:27 GMT
In 1971, Bon Scott (of AC/Dc fame had a band called Fraternity and they played prog rock ....Bon even wore a prog beard back then . They released an album Livestock in '71.........Bon was the man already !!
A young and patient person showed me around the Bandcamp app...so I have wallowed in a lot of outsider music, some of it with vague Tull connections like music made by Tull superfan, Kurt Stenzel, as well as all the bike messenger bands I have been exposed to, over the years. In addition to Kurt, I would strongly recommend musicians named Matt Baldwin and Nico Georgis…absolute geniuses who make it hard to snap back to the usual songs and dances. A number of more high profile musicians, on principle, share music on Bandcamp...Eno and martin Barre among them.
"London-based Giles Read has been compared with Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, Davy Graham and Donovan and does indeed possess the magic of a wondrous minstrel with a softly beguiling voice singing (folk) “tales of hardship and hope”
accompanied by the the masterful chime of his sophisticated guitar-work, whichat times reminds me of the folk-rock maestro himself - Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
The writer is observing the daily pettiness of human behavior, while the importance of solitude and loneliness are on his mind. On this particular night, people are not just eating, they're "shoveling food", getting drunk, complaining, as if they didn't have any real worries.
All the while, the writer is observing "frost on the graves" and people waiting in line at the homeless shelters and soup lines.
They are protected in the night by the garrison and the toll taker. But, the garrison is asleep watching over nothing but old ghosts, and the toll taker is cold and has someone on his mind.
It's modern times. Places change, but, people stay the same. The dungeon doors, the castle, the horse and wagons all suggest that people have been doing the same meaningless activities for hundreds of years. So, what's changed? Here, Knopfler hints at the Iron Hand from his final DS album.
A lone piper plays the national instrument of Scotland and sets the songs tone, as the writer is thinking about someone he's lost. His observances of a carefree society in the midst of loss and despair yields the answer, "It's what it is." There's people with small worries, and then there's him.
The highland drummer joins the piper as the wind blows stronger, triggering the writer to shiver and remember a person from his past. With the "ghosts and the ancient stones" previously mentioned, this "something from the past just comes and stares into my soul" is likely someone who has died.
A brief mention of the Scottish Blues is another hint that the writer is lamenting for someone he's lost.
In the wee small hours as the lantern's are about to burn out, the writer confesses that he's been up all night writing lyrics. In an instant, he's back out on the street searching. He's still amongst the ancients. He and the ghost of Nathaniel Bentley (nicknamed Dirty Dick after his refusal to bath for the remainder of his life, as he grieved the death of his fiancé on their wedding day in the late 1700's) are still in search of Little Nell. The writer is in search of his lost love, just as Bentley kept in search of his. Bentley never threw away their wedding cake, allowing it to decay on the dining room table. Bentley used to wait by his fiancé's grave for her return.
Knopfler purposely references Bentley, as he too in this song is still searching for those lost "arms to fall into".
For those who have lost someone dear to them, and are forced to observe the daily petty behavior of people, there is only but one thing to say in the end, "It is what it is". It's what it is, now.
So as you push off from the shore, Won't you turn your head once more And make your peace with everyone? For those who choose to stay, Will live just one more day To do the things they should have done. And as you cross the wilderness, Spinning in your emptiness: You feel you have to...pray.
maddogfagin: Yes it's a great addition to the Forum and I'm hoping radio.net will provide this service for years to come
May 14, 2022 15:58:55 GMT
jackinthegreen: Where is the link to this radio.net.......I don't see it folks
May 15, 2022 1:11:08 GMT
maddogfagin: Immediately below this shout box and above the visitor numbers/flags.
May 15, 2022 8:39:21 GMT
jackinthegreen: Cheers MD, I can only see the link from the "Home" page, but disappears when looking at threads etc, so find if I open it up in a new window it then plays constantly
May 15, 2022 13:29:06 GMT
jackinthegreen: So I have it bookmarked to open at any time....nice in the background if reading on t'internet
May 15, 2022 13:31:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: Did anyone on the forum see Tull at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in September.....
May 19, 2022 1:10:39 GMT
smint100: Good Lord, why did no one tell me about the radio.net! I've spent a joyful afternoon in the garden watching the strawberries ripen - I mean, editing a book - and listening to unadulterated Tull. Heaven!
May 21, 2022 14:56:50 GMT
ash: Is anyone aware of a recent statement from Ian saying he doesn't have COPD and it's only asthma? Just asking
Jun 1, 2022 9:21:29 GMT
rredmond: I thought it was both?
Jun 4, 2022 19:34:53 GMT
ash: One can be mistaken for the other because of similar symptoms but COPD is the nasty one! I'm talking an updated statement from Ian early this year.
Jun 5, 2022 9:16:48 GMT
nonrabbit: Sounds joyous smint100 - all round!
Jun 13, 2022 17:15:56 GMT
marshall: Hello, I was at the concert at De Montfort Hall in September along with a number of other shows. I try to get to as many as possible in the UK.
Jun 21, 2022 9:54:11 GMT
jackinthegreen: Thank-you marshall I travelled down from Scotland for the Marillion Weekend there, great venue isn't it! It was standing downstairs, I guess the Tull gig was all seated....did they sell out? Please join in on the forum threads! Cheers
Jun 22, 2022 10:23:28 GMT
marshall: I live in Cumbria and I had booked for the Glasgow show which was,of course, cancelled.
Jun 23, 2022 12:39:45 GMT
marshall: No need to thank me by the way. I was a member of this Forum some year's ago but I forgot my log in details. I will do my best to contribute. I have been a Full can since the early singles and I have some fabulous memories as well as tales to tell.
Jun 23, 2022 12:43:14 GMT
jackinthegreen: In that case welcome back marshall. I am a Full can too....if that's rhyming slang for Tull fan
Jun 24, 2022 20:23:29 GMT
jackinthegreen: I think you may have been neilstcleve
Jun 26, 2022 7:52:47 GMT
steelmonkey: My new. secret, self identity: Full Can. California Cockney rhyming slang? Why not?
Jun 27, 2022 1:50:44 GMT