BRICK AND I: Jethro Tull Edition

Yesterday I promised my new friend Brick that I’d pick him up and show him a whole new world outside of Hastings, MN.  We rode all the way to Wisconsin and took the picture you saw at the top of this page.  Brick wanted a picture of himself in front of the “Welcome to Wisconsin” sign to prove that he had been there, otherwise his friends and family would never believe he had ventured to such a far and distant land.  In Brick’s mind, being a brick in exotic Wisconsin was every bit as special as being an Italian gray ashlar.

But the real fun occurred on our way to Wisconsin.  There is a brand new bike trail that runs along the Mississippi River and it connects Hastings to Prescott, WI.  But we didn’t take that.  Instead, we opted for a longer route on some quiet country back roads.

It was a gorgeous day.  Seriously gorgeous.  Gorgeous enough that I was able to ride in shorts for only the second time this year.  Gorgeous enough that I was hoping the sun might provide a little color to my snow-white legs and arms.  Ahhhhhhhh, it felt so nice, and the one thing that could top it all off would be a little music.  Through the magic of movies, I came up with a soundtrack.  I had something I wanted Brick to hear.


We put on our headphones and rocked the countryside.  And we made a video.




I have to apologize.  I am very disappointed in how the musical soundtrack was recorded in such miserable lo-fidelity.  You might have to crank your volume way up to hear it.  It certainly did not meet my usual artistic standards, and you can rest assured that the incompetent sound engineer has been fired and will never work in the film industry again.


For you young people out there–this is a musical recording on a vinyl disc. We used to call them “albums.”


I think I was an 8th or 9th grader when I got “Thick as a Brick.”  It was the second album I ever bought (after Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bayou Country”) and I played the hell out of it for the next year or so.  At the time – in the early 70’s – I thought it was pretty groovy how the band filled an entire album with a single song.  I also thought Ian Anderson’s cynically obscure lyrics were poetic genius.  Now I think of them as pretentious nonsense.  Nevertheless, Brick and I had fun listening and singing along on this gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous day.


Brick, rocking out to Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” as we cross the St. Croix River into Wisconsin.


Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

4 response to "BRICK AND I: Jethro Tull Edition"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: May 5, 2019

    Seems you’re the youngster if you got that in the 8th or 9th grade😂😂 It was a beautiful day…looking forward to,seeing the trees when the leaves are in.

    • By: gregblood Posted: May 5, 2019

      You’re right, I am quite the youngster–probably the most childish 60-year old in the U.S.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: May 6, 2019

    Ah, Greg. I cashed in big-time in Vegas, because I bet large sums you would be the one to use Thick as a Brick. Now, can you balance on one leg while playing flute like Ian Anderson? PS: All in all, I think I prefer JT’s Benefit album.

    • By: gregblood Posted: May 6, 2019

      :Yeah, overall I think Thick as a Brick was one of their weaker efforts. I call dibs on using Jethro Tull again if Scott ever decides to propose a monthly challenge that involves aqualungs.

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