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Rupi's Dance

Ian Anderson

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Listening to Ian Anderson sing about coffee, wine and social angst (and cats...) is at the very top of my list of things that I want to do all the time. The fact that he is also singing about ladies with black hair (she writes as she twirls a lock of curly black hair around her finger...) is also refreshing. I guess that blondes don't own the whole world just yet. Also, about the social angst that I was speaking of earlier, "A Hand Of Thumbs", could Mister Dexterous-Flautist-Man have chosen a more ironic metaphor? Sorry to hear about your cat, Ian. If it is any consolation, I have a very nice black cat named Luna, you can come and see her any time! I really do love this album, if nothing for else, solely for the great instrumentation. The lyrics are really good too, but the music is pure genius. The flute gets to be front and centre, (where it belongs, if you'd ask me...) only to be interrupted briefly by the electric and acoustic guitars, which are not half bad themselves. A little more about the lyrics: they, for the most part, keep to the high standards set during his work with Tull. They include humor, gorgeous poetry, a few Tull references and some other cool references (such as Ralitsa Vassileva, I can honestly say that I had to look her up. You can't blame me though, she was a wee bit before my time). They also, however, contain a few random love-songish lines, but I won't judge too harshly because those few small phrases are definitely made up for (and how!). All things considered, I would like to thank Mr. Anderson for a very good way to spend fifty-five minutes.


Born: August 10, 1947 in Dunfermline, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The leader of Jethro Tull occasionally records a solo album that departs significantly from the output of his group (although it can be argued that every Tull album since the mid-'70s has, in effect, been an Anderson solo project supported by whatever musicians he chooses to call "Jethro Tull"). His solo material...
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