Ian Anderson & Leslie Mandoki #WeSayThankYou
My dear pal Hungarian-born German producer, songwriter and bandleader Leslie Mandoki sent an email to me two days ago with the request to play a few lines of flute and sing along here and there on a new non-profit song he had just written. This is in the context of his own complete isolation in Germany where his doctor wife, Eva, is a first contact physician in their region of Bavaria.
We have worked together for more than 20 years on various collaborations with his band Soulmates featuring the good and great of classic rock and jazz. My first reaction was - hopefully not another sanctimonious, self-serving and smug pop star utterance we can really do without. But - when I actually heard the master tracks and loaded them up in my audio recording software I was very touched by the simple and direct sentiments of the lyrics. So the usually-cynical and grumpy Mr A decided to give it a go.
Of course, we all thank the brave, hardworking front-line medics and care workers around the world. But he managed to put into the lyrics references to the police, grocery clerks, supermarket workers too. Even the dark reference to the speculators making a killing from the current crisis. They know who they are.
I would like to add to the list those essential worker folks who it was impossible to squeeze into a three minute song: the farmers and all those in food production, distribution and retail; the fishermen out there on the high seas; the refuse collectors; our military who continue to keep us safe; the delivery men and women who try to ensure our supplies with essentials; journalists and news-gatherers who keep us informed with often depressing but sometimes uplifting stories from around the world; the medical and economic advisors to governments who have to carry the can, if and when they get it wrong, as unfortunately they sometimes will in this ever-evolving and complex world situation.
And, of course, all the other workers who continue to toil in the background to keep this world turning, if a little more slowly, for the the months to come.
To all, we say, thank you.
Ian Anderson & Leslie Mandoki
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BREXIT WITHOUT THE BULLSHIT
“Through Darkened Glass”
My pal Gavin has a new book out. Thoroughly recommended to Remainers and Brexiteers alike. A carefully researched and considered font of wisdom regarding the effects of a Brexit – both soft and hard.
We have a few short weeks to absorb information like this and be better prepared for the outcome, whichever side you are on. I downloaded my Kindle Edition copy last week. Sober reading during a couple of days working (while I still can) in Old Europe…..
Ian Anderson. 1st September 2019.
After 50 years of music writing
Dee Palmer (Jethro Tull keyboard player from 1968-80) has recorded an album of original songs “Through Darkened Glass” and invites you to take a peer – and an ear – through it!
“Excellent and long awaited”
JETHRO TULL RADIO
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Here you can listen to the latest tracks Ian Anderson is featured as a special guest on. His latest guest appearance was on “Winner” by Heather Findlay, which is available to stream here.
For the full list of guest appearances, see the link below!
The Gloucester Magnificat by John O’Hara was commissioned by the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral in 2016. Adrian Partington conducted the five choirs of the cathedral with Jonathan Hope on organ and Nia Llewelyn Jones leading the junior choir. The world première was 8th July 2017. Adrian and John recorded the full concert in the historic cathedral early in 2018 and this disc is available from the Gloucester Cathedral shop.
Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue
Oak and Furrows, the renowned wildlife rescue centre on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border, is facing closure by Christmas unless major donation support comes from the public to help care for the largest ever number of “patients” at this time of the year in the 24 years since it was founded.
“It is a crisis none of the team wants, but with currently 260 (and rising daily) sick and injured animals, resulting in costs soaring to horrendous heights, we have no other alternative than to appeal to the wonderful public in the region to help us overcome this challenge and enable us time to secure more funding from as many organisations and lovers of wildlife as possible to re-build our financial structure to meet the demands”,explained Robin Thompson, the Oak and Furrows chairman of Trustees.
“In the simplest of terms, if 850 people donated £35 each it would give us time to plan fund raising activities and appeals throughout the months ahead. We already have what we hope will be an excellent fund raiser at Cricklade on December 2nd and our wonderful patron Pam Ayres is donating her £3,000 fee from Celebrity Mastermind, for which she participated for the forthcoming BBC television Christmas edition and patron Daphne Neville with the support of trustees will be attending the Cirencester Bishop’s Walk Christmas celebration day on December 16, with her wonderful otter, Rudi”, Robin added. The target is to raise £50,000 by February.
“It goes without saying that we appreciate Christmas is a difficult time for families to make contributions but equally the interest in Oak and Furrows by so many people and volunteers is really humbling. We hope too that companies in the area offer help; Nationwide has become a remarkable supporter and is planning appeals to staff in the next few weeks. Individuals too have arrived at our doorstep at the Blakehill nature reserve near Cricklade to hand over contributions”.
The financial problems caused by growing numbers of sick animals began earlier this year; funds to support the increases were kindly donated, but normally the winter is a time of far fewer patients, and less expenditure on food, treatment and overall care are expected.
Today (November 23rd) the number of hedgehogs at this time of has reached unheard levels, at 127 (November 23) and it is anticipated that by the end of December some 5,000 patients will have been treated…1,000 more than the year ended December 2016.
“One of the big reasons for the rising number of hedgehogs is that three other rescue centres in the region have had to close their doors to more because they are full, so people are travelling long distances to bring them to us because our reputation is that we never turn any sick animals away. This in turn of course puts huge pressure on the centre’s infrastructure, with the training room about to be turned into a treatment room because we have no other treatment buildings available”, explained Robin.”It is a vicious circle, we want to help them all, but in turn the pressures on the organisation have become horrendous.It is also something we plan to address”, said Robin.
Those wishing to donate can either go to the PayPal information on the Oak and Furrows website, or call the team at Blakehill on 01793 751412. Alternatively if supporters wish to make a donation by post please make cheques payable to Oak and Furrows, Blakehill Nature Reserve, Malmesbury Road, Leigh,Cricklade,Wiltshire SN6 6RA. The registered charity number if Gift Aid is to be applied is 1115926.
For more information please visit: http://www.oandf.co.uk
In 1971, I wrote and recorded the song “Locomotive Breath” for the Aqualung album. The lyrical subject matter was the topic of runaway population growth.
Now, 47 years later, you have the chance to add your voice to the single most pressing problem facing future generations. From increases in global population, all other danger factors threatening our species, including climate change, continue to accrue. Apart from the odd rogue asteroid or black hole, of course.
In my lifetime alone, the population of the planet has slightly more than tripled. Yes – in one generation!
I have been a supporter of Population Matters for some years – ever since the venerable and much-loved David Attenborough became visibly the first person of real media presence to come out, unafraid to discuss the issues of population growth in our times.
Tricky and controversial stuff, I know, but don’t think that we concerned voices are about to shout down your right to have children. We are about the sense of responsible family planning and size. Responsibility not just to a nation, ethnic group or continent, but to the precious resource and life-giving spirit of planet Earth itself. No one is about to tell you what to do or not to do; merely to learn, understand and act upon your own conclusions. Responsible, informed choice. Especially for women in the modern world.
In this troubled world, human rights and especially women’ rights deserve our attention. In Israel, many citizens, whether Jewish or Arab need advice and representation, especially in these times when recently-passed laws have created the new Jewish homeland Nation-State Of Israel reducing the 20% of Arab citizens and their language to a minority status and favouring Jewish Israelis over all. Hardly conducive to a long-term solution of Palestinian and Israeli interests.
Not much we can do from afar, perhaps, but please show support for this NGO striving to find a better, more representative and fairer future for all people of the region.
(Shatil and Polyphony are recipients of all net income from Ian Anderson’s Israel concerts.)
Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull. 2018
The Polyphony Foundation
I have worked recently with Polyphony to raise funds through my recent concerts to support this valuable and very worthy cause. Polyphony brings together young students of Classical Music from within the very different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds of Israeli Jews and Arabs.
Showing cooperation and team spirit between communities in this way through both artistic endeavour and cultural mutual respect surely has to be a great example to young and old – whether in Israel or far-flung diasporas.
If you wish to help encourage this non-political, not-for-profit organisation please read all about their work at http://polyphonyfoundation.org
Your help will provide hope for a young generation in allowing them to demonstrate the values of living and working together in peaceful harmony.
Join me, Ian Anderson, in giving your support now to the Polyphony Foundation. A most worthy cause and an important cog in the wheels which grind all-too-slowly towards peace in the Middle East.