The mental illness surge has definitely hit my area. People are cracking like eggs: hopelessness, drug and alcohol relapse, suicidal teens with exacerbated social media drama that can't get resolved the next day at school but instead festers and rots. I'm working 60 hour weeks and running out of magic wands...glad my 15 year old is in the minority and has not yet snapped. My area will remain on full scale lockdown till 5-31...our Governor erring on the side of safety, science, lives over economy and good campaign posters in his 2032 run for president. This whole pandemic has exposed some pretty embarrassing flaws in how the world does and does not work. I trust some good will come of it but it will be too late for the too many victims.
Sadly, The Corona snuffed out Dave Greenfield...the excellent and cool Strangler's keyboard maven. He was only 71. Too young to die for sure.
In the statement, Greenfield’s bandmates and manager described him as “a lovable, friendly and eccentric character who always had time to chat.” They each offered their own tributes to their late friend.
Bassist Jean-Jacques (J.J.) Burnel wrote: “On the evening of Sunday May 3rd my great friend and longstanding colleague of 45 years, the musical genius that was Dave Greenfield, passed away as one of the victims of the Great Pandemic of 2020.”
“We have just lost a dear friend and music genius, and so has the whole world. Dave was a complete natural in music. A huge talent, a great loss, he is dearly missed,” wrote drummer Jet Black.
“We lost a true innovator, musical legend, and one of my dearest friends today,” wrote guitarist Baz Warne. “The word genius is bandied around far too easily in this day and age, but Dave Greenfield certainly was one.
“We stood together on the same side of the stage for 20 years, laughed, joked and shared our lives in the way that only band mates can. I’ll miss him forever.”
In wake of the news, musicians and friends took to social media expressing both their grief and fond memories of Greenfield.
Included in the list was Billy Idol, Black Francis of the Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Greenfield’s Stranglers bandmate, guitarist/vocalist Hugh Cornwell.
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Dave Greenfield. He was the difference between The Stranglers and every other punk band. His musical skill and gentle nature gave an interesting twist to the band. (1 of 2)
He should be remembered as the man who gave the world the music of Golden Brown. Hugh Cornwell 4/5/2020 (2nd of 2)
Dave Greenfield was one of the greatest keyboard plays we’ve ever known- he’ll be missed. @therealboon just told us on @bbc6music that he had an influence on him and @inspiralsband more than any other band.
What a guy.
Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe also took to Twitter to honour the late keyboardist.
“Today we honor the music and life of Dave Greenfield,” he wrote. “He was a brilliant songwriter and performer, and we thank him and The Stranglers for their inspiration, contribution, songs and attitude.”
Stranglers manager Sil Willcox said on the band’s website that it was a “privilege” to have known and worked with Greenfield.
“We are all in shock, Dave was a kind, generous soul who had time for anyone and everyone and it has been my privilege to have known him as both a close friend, his tech and manager for over 40 years.”
Video by Cathy Richardson Covid Breath (Jethro Tull-Locomotive Breath, Coronavirus Parody)
My first walk down the path after lockdown, I was appalled by the joggers ignoring social distancing protocols and aerosoling their breath indiscriminately over any poor fool in their wake. Who are these people? Why are they so selfish? ! Can't they just cross the street and PRETEND to care, rather than plowing through those of us ATTEMPTING to maintain social distance while huffing their lung fumes into our unsuspecting face holes?
Locomotive Breath was written by Ian Anderson and recorded by Jethro Tull. I wrote these parody lyrics and produced this parody in my home studio. Special thanks to Matt Ammons as the Jogger, Videography by Carla Ammons and special appearances by Rachel and Sri Rose Richardson, Rachel Jordan, my neighbors Emmett Walsh and Amy Jo Baker and the Unknown Random Woman Passerby who very graciously jumped into the video when we needed more joggers, what a trouper! Thanks for watching!
WOULD YOU VOLUNTEER TO BE INFECTED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS?
A group of academics say that 100 altruistic young people should volunteer to get a vaccine for Covid-19 and then be infected with the coronavirus on purpose.
The idea of such a “challenge trial” is controversial but could speed testing of a vaccine by months, according to a proposal posted online, offering fast evidence that a shot works or doesn’t.
“We need fresh ideas to get out of the #COVID19 dilemma of sacrificing the economy, health care system, or both,” tweeted Marc Lipsitch, a Harvard University epidemiologist who cosigned the proposal with Nir Eyal, a bioethicist at Rutgers University, and Peter Smith, a statistician from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Some experts believe a vaccine is the best hope to end the epidemic. One candidate created by Moderna Therapeutics of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is already being given to healthy volunteers in Washington state in an initial safety test.
No one, though, has yet had virus squirted up their nose on purpose, something that is ethically dubious under most circumstances. The drawback is obvious, the authors admit: “Challenging volunteers with this live virus risks inducing severe disease and possibly even death.”
Yet the risk could be worth it for society, they think, since trying to infect vaccinated people on purpose might be the quickest way to learn whether a vaccine works.
I would do it in a second...I am confident about my overall health, have never been told by any MD that I have vulnerabilities of the immune system, kidneys, lungs etc. My last cold was in about 1982. The chance that a moderate viral load Corona exposure would prove fatal to me via either a severe Covid-19 or a haywire response by my immune system would be lower than the chance I get hit by a car riding my bike to work later today and the medical scrutiny and follow up that would accompany a vaccine trial would also decrease the chances of suffering and pre-deceasing Ian....bring it on. Our society asks people to go to WAR every day of the week and a medically scrutinized vaccine trial is an ethical issue? I SWEAR.
Tradition, COVID-19, adversity, and toilet paper, all these are inspiration for young Hong Kong artist Angel Hui. She's using her traditional Chinese blue ink brush skills to transform the humble toilet roll into a canvas for traditional artworks.
Andrew Collinson who lives near me has been coming along on the Thursday 'Clap for carers and key workers' nights and giving me support while I've been playing my drums on my drive and Andrew, being a very good artist has kindly done this painting of me and as it makes me look younger I think it's BRILLIANT Thanks Andrew
youtube have blocked this video of me playing along to 'Pretty Woman' by Roy Orbison but I'm hoping you can see it as I think it's classed as 'unlisted.'
Chris Wright, who founded Chrysalis Records in 1968 and discovered and recorded artists and groups like Jethro Tull, Debbie Harrie, Blondie, Ultravox and Spandau Ballet, warned that the industry now needs to consider a future where there is not a cure or vaccine for the disease. Speaking to former cabinet minister and ex-GMTV presenter Esther McVey on her latest Blue Collar Conversation podcast, the veteran music entrepreneur said that live music could be hit in the long term.
He said: “Coronavirus is going to change everything and the longer it is around without a viable cure or vaccine the more the changes will get impregnated into all strands of business and society.
“You have no live concerts right now, all the summer festivals are off, no big music events in the same way there are no big sporting events.
“People are assuming that soon we will be back to normal. Well we might not be back to normal and that is something people have not faced into."
He claimed that “the whole world is in denial” over the seriousness of the situation.
“To some extent we are going to have to adjust to the fact that this is something we should at least have an idea about how we might handle if it does take longer to get back to where we think we should be.
“The losers are working musicians and people involved with the live music events, not just the musicians, the sound men, tour management team, sound and light, the backing singers and musicians They are clearly having a hard time right now.”
steelmonkey: Double work shifts in surging hospital to allow 2 week vacation soon...miss my friends in the Tull treehouse but back soon. Breaks at work have gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Jul 8, 2020 3:29:26 GMT
piscesguy: It looks like someone else has taken my moniker piscesguy and added the name jack prentiss to it. That's okay but I cannot locate an earlier post I had left now. Does anyone know how to resolve this? thank you
Jul 9, 2020 19:09:58 GMT
maddogfagin: Please see my PM to you.
Jul 10, 2020 6:41:59 GMT
steelmonkey: I prefer Scorpios, Leos, Taurases( Tauri?), Cancers and Capricorns but Pisces on the bubble of all right.
Jul 10, 2020 20:52:34 GMT
maddogfagin: So what's wrong with us Aquarians then. I'm gonna write to your President and complain
Jul 13, 2020 13:26:20 GMT
steelmonkey: I go on binges of long forgotten ( Jefferson Airplane, CSNY, Humble Pie), Overlooked releases ( Zappa, Prince, PIL) and just plain musical vitamins ( Traveling Wilburys, Pink Floyd) and then remember life is short and I should revert to all Tull all day.
Jul 19, 2020 22:29:08 GMT
rredmond: fecklessmomes has an RPG podcast too! Interesting...
Jul 30, 2020 21:13:43 GMT
fluteinthegallery: Good evening/morning friends! It's been a while and thought I would stop by!
Jul 31, 2020 9:15:06 GMT
maddogfagin: Good to see you for sure
Aug 2, 2020 15:34:31 GMT
fluteinthegallery: Still searching for some CD's. Please check my post under "Need help finding"... topic. Thanks and have a great weekend.
Aug 15, 2020 20:39:43 GMT
wilburysteve: Evening! My eldest granddaughter loves her gardening job & enjoys nature etc, so I've given her a copy of "songs from the wood" & explained about some of the background folklore. Hopefully she'll like it! keep well everyone
Aug 18, 2020 20:42:42 GMT
jackinthegreen: Can someone jog my memory please...how do you start a new thread?
Aug 22, 2020 22:00:46 GMT
nonrabbit: Hi jackinthegreen, if you go into one of the main threads eg "General Jethro Tull Discussions" you'll see a "create thread" button on the top right.
Aug 23, 2020 16:00:06 GMT
jackinthegreen: Thank-you nonrabbit, it's been a long time since I had done so
Aug 23, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
nonrabbit: Your very welcome
Aug 24, 2020 8:05:22 GMT
botanicman: So, Martin Barre is doing his own 50th Anniversary double cd release....Pretty cool
Sept 15, 2020 2:20:37 GMT
nonrabbit: Cheers for that botanicman
Sept 15, 2020 17:55:16 GMT