Ring out, solstice bells! #PoetryFriday

Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! Buffy Silverman is hosting Poetry Friday this week at her blog. I hope you will visit her and many other participants over the next week.

Believe it or not, I’ve had the idea for this post for an entire year. For some reason last December 21, I realized that this year’s solstice coincided with Poetry Friday. At the time I was thinking about a favorite song from my youth — Jethro Tull’s “Solstice Bells.” When I was in Middle School (way back in the 70s!), I was obsessed with Jethro Tull and lead singer/flautist Ian Anderson. I was a flute player myself, and my sister took me to my very first rock concert at the old Boston Garden to see them.

I played the Songs from the Wood album over and over and over on my record player. The music had a mystical, magical feel to it. I’m sure my parents were sick of it, but they never said anything. There was far worse music I could have been listening to, after all. I always found the words to their songs poetic, especially “Solstice Bells.” What I didn’t know at the time was that there was a 3-minute (very poorly) animated video to go along with the song. Remember these are the pre-music video days. No MTV or VH1, yet! Here’s a SafeShare of the video for your viewing pleasure. It has a very Canterbury Tales-like feel about it.

And now it’s time. Ring out, solstice bells!

(Image created with Canva.)


Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me and I hope you’ll join us on this lovely Poetry Friday!


10 thoughts on “Ring out, solstice bells! #PoetryFriday

  1. Christie, what a joy to visit here today. I was a flute player too. I love a good flute in any Christmas arrangement. I am on my way to youtube to find this music that you are writing about. Isn’t this just a fun day of solstice and poetry? Ring solstice bells, indeed.

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  2. Oh, I remember those far-off pre-MTV days. I explained to my students about how even when MTV came along, you could only see the videos they chose to show – there was nothing like YouTube where you could watch music videos whenever you wanted. Happy Solstice! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  3. Happy Solstice Day to you, Christie, ringing out the bells. I remember those days when I played a record over & over so I could learn the lyrics. What a fun memory you’ve shared. Thank you!

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  4. Christie! As you may know, my family celebrates 12 Days of Yuletide beginning on the Winter Solstice, and although I know this album somewhat, I didn’t know of this song before now. I adore it! Thank you for this gift to my family tradition.

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