Jethro Tull: Songs from the Wood: Released Feb. 4th, 1977

Songs from the Wood” by Jethro Tull has some incredibly thoughtful lyrics and musical arrangements, which makes it one fantastic album. The songs are multi-faceted in the sense of its musical delivery.  Yes, I know that this was the era of the thematic album, which threaded the tracks together both musically and lyrically. There is always some type of celtic / medieval flavor within Jethro Tull’s music. What do I mean by ‘multi-faceted’?

My Explanation

We hear the strings, percussion, flutes, and other instruments creating that signature Jethro Tull sound. However, what if that medieval flavor is delivered via a heavily distorted guitar? Now that’s what I mean by multi-faceted.  If one were to have a listen at “Jack in the Green” and compare it to the opening of “Pibroch (Cap in Hand)”, you’ll understand.

A Pibroch is considered an artful piece of music for bagpipes. They are usually played slow with theme variations.  The intro for “Pibrock” certainly sounds like something written for a bagpipe, but played on a distorted guitar. Of course, deftly delivered by the magical hands of Martin Barre.

I remember the title track getting its share of airtime on FM radio back in the ‘70s as did “Cup of Wonder” and “The Whistler.” However, for many fans (me included), “Hunting Girl” remains a favorite, as does the aforementioned “Jack in the Green” and “Pibroch.”

“Songs from the Wood” is my second favorite offering from Jethro Tull. Can you gather a guess at number one?

This is one of those albums that put the ‘classic’ in the term Classic Rock. I have made links. Enjoy!


Storm of Divine Light” is an epic fantasy adventure by Ernesto San Giacomo. Download it to your Kindle!

About The Tales of Tyrennia Book II

I’d love to say that book II is finished and announce a release date. But no. I’m still in the process of getting this manuscript ready for beta readers. However, I can state that the first five chapters are ready for those readers.

As of today, I’ll start revamping chapters six through ten. The opening of book II is certainly ‘full’ but not to the point of overwhelming the reader. It’s action-packed with a detective type mystery to keep readers immersed and interested.

Despite the word ‘mystery’, remember, The Tales of Tyrennia is first and foremost a fantasy series.


You may have noticed that this blog now has a Classic Rock category and I’ve been making posts concerning the anniversaries of my favorite albums. Chalk it up to a new method to my madness.

P.S. We’ve all been ‘under the weather’ lately and that is the reason why I’m late with posts concerning classic rock releases.


I’ve written two more short stories as well. I’d like to release a small collection of seven shorts, we’ll see which ones will make the cut. As it stands, I’ve got twelve shorts done and I simply do not want to release all of them at once. But, as you know, having a written draft is one thing and being ready for publication is quite another thing.

Storm of Divine Light contained many veiled cinematic references and shout-outs. Guess what? Book II has references to classic rock bands / songs / musicians. Remember, I once made an entire series of posts which listed my favorite films from each decade.

I believe that burying the references can make even a fantasy novel a much more enjoyable read.

How many WIP’s do you have at the moment?

R.I.P. Greg Lake

Way back in the 1970’s, I put my first album by Emerson Lake & Palmer (ELP) on a turntable and was summarily hooked. It wasn’t long before my collection grew, as did my taste for bands with unusually long songs considered unfit for top 40’s radio. Only late night FM DJ’s would occasionally risk playing such material.

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Photo by Jean Luc and used under CC License

The amazing Bass and Guitar playing by Greg Lake will be missed. Of course along with musicianship came his ability to write timeless classics. Gone are the days when I used to play passages over and over from an album, trying desperately to copy those notes on my guitar.

Emerson, Lake, & Palmer’s self-titled first album was a brazen and loud announcement to the world that rock music had evolved into a higher realm. I remember teaching a music appreciation class back when I was still with the NYC Department of Education. Naturally the textbook assigned mostly dealt with classical, folk, and jazz music. However, the last chapter did make mention of notables from rock. Of course, Emerson Lake & Palmer warranted a few paragraphs.

There are many ELP songs and full albums on You Tube. If you’re not familiar with their music, have a listen and try to understand the depth of our collective loss. Remember ELP was one of those classic rock progressive bands that didn’t just make songs; they made albums. And those albums explored particular musical themes and subject matter.

Thank you, Greg Lake for all of your creative energy, which not only entertained, but also amazed. You were more than a musician, composer, and lyricist. You were a pioneer who transported your fans into other realms.

DO GO – LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!  Tell me about your fond memories of Greg Lake.

P.S. I know all about Greg’s time and legacy with King Crimson as well. But for me, he’ll always be the “L” in ELP.

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