In 1977 i reckon martin and jimmy page were level pegging for me at no 1 followed by buzz aldrin, scott gorham and then IA. But now IA is no1 followed by george orwell, larry burrows, robert capa and buzz aldrin. its not that i dont rate martin, hes a top guitar player, its just that these days i'm more into the acoustic side of tull and the musical genius of IA along with his superb lyricism. They say never meet your heroes, once photographed buzz aldrin for my newspaper and it wasn't awe inspiring.... but this man had been living a goldfish bowl existence worldwide for 30 years so its hardly surprising...must add: julian bream is levelling out at joint 6th with buzz a. i loved his c4 series guitarra in 1984, can't think of a greater living exponent of the classical guitar.
I never thought about it like that but I know where your coming from. If I had to think about who my heroes are I couldn't come up with anyone. I'd have to bring it down a bit and say who do I admire or who would I most like to be? if that makes sense and then I would shield myself from disappointment by saying well no one's perfect. ;D I suppose for me ; Pioneers - medicine - people who devote their life to helping their fellow man and anyone who works in medicine and care. I was watching a programme recently about Frank Pantridge the inventor of the portable defribillator who like a lot of inventors experimented with the prototypes on themselves - that takes courage and dedication! Artists I really do admire anyone who devotes their life to art and imagination be it music,painting etc and has the satisfaction of doing nothing else to meet the bills!
Anyone who doesn't take life or themselves seriously
So if I had one hero he/she would have to have invented something that saves their fellow man and then gone on to writing/performing music and/or painting and also does a bit of stand up comedy at the weekend
Music heros: Ian, Neil Young, for staying the course, Lou Reed for proving that anyone can have a second act after all, Dylan-for waiting out all the poet of a generation hoo-haw and turning into the kinf of guy he admired when he was getting started and...how about Eminem for pounding out the ugly truth...over and over again...just like Dylan did when he was that age.
My other heros would include Dave Eggers- a local writer who turns all his money into teaching kids how and why to read, Michael Moore for pissing in the face of American hypocrisy and facades, Dennis Kucinich for being a politician who tells the truth and sticks to his ideals, Spongbob square pants for amusing my daughter for long enough that i can shave or read for a few minutes and a woman named Kulvadee Thongpibul...my current intern who works so hard that I can post at work to the Tull forum!!!
Yes, both would be in my top 5 musical heroes along with artist such as Peter Green, Paul Simon and David Gilmour.
Other heroes would probably include Martin Luther King, Bobby Moore (West Ham and England), Clint Eastwood (if only for his film Play Misty for Me), Roger Scott (UK radio presenter) and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
I dunno, really. I admire them both, but I'm not sure I'd list them as "heroes"...
I don't have many real icons. Stirling Moss, Ranulph Fiennes... John Force, perhaps... that's about it. However, if we take the focus down to music, then they are both in the top 5 favourites, along with Hendrix, Gilmour and Page...
Ian and Martin are dedicated and adventurous craftsmen who assist the evolution and value of the craft as much as create particular things (songs). But "hero" is a tough thing for me to create a list of, and Joseph Campbell's definition of hero is about the best. There's a lot of stuff going on in this world. There are millions upon millions of heros and quite frankly I'm not sure how to compare one against the other until I know the story.
Beethoven is a hero because of all the abuse and neglect he went through as a young kid, then he had to take care of his family when he was barely out of his teens (and they were poor), then his parents died when he was still young, he had to move to make any money, he started losing his hearing early and had troubles finding a woman companion. Later in life, they now know, it was his own doctor's medical treatments that played a large part in making him painfully sick for years and eventually killing him. Yet through it all he strove to attain the greatness of liberty as an experience, he gave pure appreciation for spiritual development in his music, he monitored and presented the world around him with music of magnificent honesty, scope, imagination and attention. He kept evolving as a person and as a musical composer to the day he died. Many say his best music is in his last quartets, and if you want to hear the fully capable Beethoven's greatest musical reach, listen to Quartet's Opus 130 and especially 131. Listen to it once and it will nourish your soul forever. Because it's pure honesty.
steelmonkey: Thank You for interview and interview sharing. Very Cool.
Apr 21, 2020 2:31:28 GMT
futureshock: Hello again! I hope everyone is staying healthy and applying their newfound isolation-affected times and circumstances to beneficial activities so that years from now we can all tell younger generations how we survived this ordeal smartly as best possible!
May 6, 2020 20:01:02 GMT
nonrabbit: Hello Futureshock! Great to hear from you. Hope you're staying healthy too....a metre apart from any other human (animal?) that tries to cross you path. I'm a librarian in a public library and we've asking people to make a diary of their experiences.....
May 8, 2020 19:20:30 GMT
nonrabbit: in lockdown so that the next generation/s will get detailed answers when they say " What did you do in the Covid lockdown Granda/ Granny"...."Well Sonny, I bought a hell of a lot of toilet paper" Stay safe Futureshock and see you here soon!!
May 8, 2020 19:23:09 GMT
botanicman: IA did an interview with Dan Rather where he revealed publicly that he has COPD.
May 12, 2020 20:39:28 GMT
chester: Do any of you [my fellow JT Forum members] miss watching live sporting events on TV, because of the virus, as much as I do?
May 14, 2020 19:49:33 GMT
steelmonkey: I miss reading about the Golden State Warriors and St Pauli in the second Bundesliga. I keep an eye on the baseball 'A's and the Brazil team, Botoafogo. My EPL Team is Tot Spurs and I take the time to hate two teams :HSV in Germany and Man United.
May 14, 2020 20:44:37 GMT
maddogfagin: Miss the sport on tv especially the football and now that summer is upon us the cricket. I fear that things will take a year or two to get back to how it was before all this shenanigans.
May 15, 2020 6:04:06 GMT
steelmonkey: I miss some watching and reading about sports but not enough to suddenly get interested in the Belarus Football League or Taiwanese baseball. Fans are going pretty far for a fix.
May 16, 2020 20:03:25 GMT
chester: I don't watch very much BUNDESLIGA, but it has returned after two months, with NO FANS allowed in the stadiums. I am starting to follow UFC mixed martial arts, which has returned as well.
May 17, 2020 1:02:36 GMT
tullmatrix: Is there some way to still get the Passion Play complete midi? I pasted the link into my browser and got a message that i was forbidden.
May 17, 2020 23:23:50 GMT
botanicman: Chester, The Plague has made me realize how little I actually do care about sports. I might not spend the time to watch when they do return!
May 19, 2020 11:48:30 GMT
pbinlostangeles: For us in So Cal, first time since 1974 no Long Beach Grand Prix and - apparently - no Indy 500. At least not on Memorial Day. Hopefully, they'll get this virus crud figured out before the start of MotoGP season
May 19, 2020 20:15:30 GMT
chester: NASCAR has restarted it's 2020 season but, like German soccer, to empty grandstands. I think catching a virus is low on the list of dangers that can befall a racing car driver.
May 20, 2020 0:18:21 GMT
chester: I know that I am late to the idea, but I have started wearing a mask while out in public. My Canadian officials have changed their stance from: not recommended to mildly suggested to strongly advised.
May 22, 2020 9:42:52 GMT
steelmonkey: Not only am I doing a zoom meeting in nice shirt and boxer shorts...I am ignoring boss and reading Tull news.
May 27, 2020 21:58:08 GMT