Song of the Day, November 30: Fires At Midnight by Jethro Tull

TullWoodFiresToday’s song is the perfect closer for Jethro Tull’s first prog-folk cycle, Songs From the Wood. Singer and songwriter Ian Anderson had recently moved his family to the countryside, and he drew inspiration from the natural beauty. He also tapped into the mystical folklore of the English forests and fields, resulting in a song cycle of mysterious characters, powerful forces, and natural energy.

To draw things to a close, he wrote a charming acoustic number, Fires At Midnight. It’s a sweet hearth and home song, bringing the narrator and the listener snugly into the parlor after all the outdoor adventures. Deceptively simple, it celebrates home as a place of safety and love, a remarkably sweet sentiment for an often cynical observer like Anderson. The energy of the album and the sincerity of his delivery make it work, however, and it’s one of the best moments in the band’s brief flirtation with folky themes.

Enjoy this lovely song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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