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Weihnachten – Ian Anderson

December 28, 2018

I saw Jethro Tull live in Champaign, IL in 1975. I don’t remember all of the details but I do recall the band’s multi-talented frontman, Ian Anderson (and that we had good seats). Tull was formed in 1968 and some 3,000 concerts later, they’re still touring (about 100 gigs a year).

The band released The Jethro Tull Christmas Album back in 2003 and it’s a very Tull effort featuring all original songs (something I always appreciate). The First Snow on Brooklyn is the very first song I featured on this blog.

I found a live recording of Anderson playing a medley of Christmas songs from 2006. It took some digging but I discovered the performance was from a German TV show.

“German televison celebrates “Christmas with the president” (the german ‘Bundespräsident’) every year and 2006 they invited Ian Anderson from the group Jethro Tull to the beautiful monastary, Maria Laach, to play a few tunes with his band and the youth orchestra Rheinland-Pfalz. The show was recorded on 16.12.2006 (with a public rehearsal on 15.12.2006) and broadcast on christmas eve, 24.12.2006.”

Jethro Tull is not everyone’s cup of tea (my wife is in that category) but I wanted to get this excellent live performance posted before the year runs out. I’ll follow it with Tull’s A Christmas Song.
PS – Weihnachten means Christmas in German

Ian Anderson – Weihnachten

Jethro Tull – A Christmas Song



First Post of 2012 – Jethro Tull’s “First Snow On Brooklyn.”

December 1, 2012

Each December for the past five years, I’ve been posting “alternative” Christmas music.

I don’t mean “alternative” as in the “punk rock/alt” music genre. Rather, I mean as an alternative to the same Christmas music you’ve been hearing on the radio for years and years.

While that “same old” Christmas music has its merits in bringing back memories fond or not so warm, there is a ton of really great Christmas music that simply goes unheard to the vast majority.

For the past two years, I have not been on facebook — this year, I am.

Over the next month, I’ll post a variety of new, old, traditional and nontraditional Christmas music. If all goes correctly, it’ll all get posted to my facebook account. If you like it, please share the posts and comment.

The first post for 2012 is a tune from the band Jethro Tull, titled “First Snow On Brooklyn.”  It was first released in September, 2003 as part of the “Jethro Tull Christmas Album,” and then again as a live recording in 2008

(Christmas at St Bride’s 2008).  Christmas at St. Bride’s is a 2-CD release — the first disk is simply a re-release of the Christmas album — disck two is a live version of the same (and features a God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Thick As A Brick medley — sweet!)

First Snow On Brooklyn is a beautiful song, Hope you enjoy it.

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