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Cheap Day Return October 21, 2008

Posted by Michael in Music.

This is a Jethro Tull song, done with an amazing new electronic instrument called a Chapman Stick, which I never heard of before.  The Stick is kinda like a bunch of goofy spudders playing Rockband™, only it’s a serious tap instrument with strings. The Stick is much like playing a piano, except you are not just “throwing hammers,” as Emmet Chapman says, because you have the articulation of a stringed instrument like a guitar, and the tuning is extremely versatile, accomodating chords, melody, bass line, and percussive effects.

The Tull version, from the Aqualung album, is below the break.  Along with MORE STICK — a performance of Little Wing.  And Stevie Ray Vaughan!!!

More Stick!  A cover of Little Wing.

OK, I know I keep updating this post without saying so, but I’m on a roll.  Here’s the Stevie Ray Vaughan cover of Little Wing .


1. MCPO Airdale - October 21, 2008


2. eddiebear - October 21, 2008

I still laugh at the fact they beat out Metallica for a Heavy Metal grammy.

3. Mare - October 21, 2008

So, no strumming?

4. Michael - October 22, 2008

Nope, pretty much no strumming. You create the sustained chord effect just by holding the strings down.

5. Michael - October 22, 2008


That’s just wrong. Tull should be competing in the classical music category.

6. Mare - October 22, 2008

That clip makes me want to learn how to play it. Alas, I have no musical gift. But I appreciate music a great deal.

7. mesablue - October 22, 2008

Stick Enterprises was founded in 1974

Pretty new.

Levin played one of these with the 80’s iteration of King Krimson. It’s got a great sound.

8. Dave in Texas - October 22, 2008

hammer down

9. daveintexas - October 22, 2008

also, that’s a great cover of Little Wing

10. kevlarchick - October 22, 2008

Doesn’t everyone do a cover of Little Wing? Dave?

11. kevlarchick - October 22, 2008

I miss SRV.

12. Retired Geezer - October 22, 2008

Do they sell a Chapman Stick with color coded frets?

I’d buy one.

13. Cathy - October 22, 2008

Hi Geezer. How’s Sprinkler Dude? Busy?

14. daveintexas - October 22, 2008

Ahh. KC I’ve never performed it. Have fooled around with it in a couple of bands, just kickin

15. Retired Geezer - October 22, 2008

Did about 60 blowouts already. Pretty much caught up because the weather has been in the high 60’s since the initial (scary) 2 day freeze.
As soon as it gets down in the 30’s again, I will get panic calls.
It’s much more fun to do the blowouts on nice warm sunny days rather than cold rainy ones.

Just sayin’

16. kevlarchick - October 22, 2008

How is the livestock Geezer? And the lovely Mrs Geezer?

17. Cathy - October 22, 2008

Picturing you with muddy-knees on your jeans and a big smile. Ka-CHING$$$$.

Say HI-ya to Mrs. for me.

18. Retired Geezer - October 22, 2008

Camp Geezer Livestock = Hay eating machines

Peaches is the 2-year old Filly and an escape artist.

Actually it was fun taking them up to the mountains for the Elk Hunt but it was kinda scary for me cause I’m a rookie rider.

Remember the scene in “Man from Snowy River” where he rides the horse down a 45 degree slope?
Makes me pucker to remember it.

19. TXMarko - July 27, 2010

Unbelievably relevant video for today, released by Jethro Tull in 1982 on “The Broadsword and the Beast”. I had this on vinyl while in the Army, loved it then, love it even more now.

Lyrics provided below the video.

Oh, and the Stick is cool and all, but I prefer the ‘Tapping’ method of Eddie Van Halen. He didn’t invent it, but I think he perfected it…

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