I think it was the first recorded music I ever had. Mum and Dad had bought me a cassette recorder for my 14th birthday. A few months later it broke down, and when it came back from repair (Hah! these days they’d just send you a new one!) there was – bizarrely – a pre-recorded music cassette loaded. “Aqualung” by some band called Jethro Tull (to me just a name from history lessons). Until then all I knew was the music of the church choir, musical films, and such like. I thought Aqualung it was good, and in fact now realize it must have been quite an influence on me. There are – arguably – three musical genres to Aqualung that have over the years proved to be the arteries of my musical sensibility: folk, rock and blues. Recently I’ve been filling some gaps in our music collection that opened up when, in the 1990s, Denise and I migrated from vinyl to CD, losing some old friends along the way; but today one such gap has been made good with a used but perfect CD of Aqualung bought on ebay. My goodness it really was – and is – a classic! Original, distinctive, profoundly musical, witty, moving: truly inspiring, and a great listen from beginning to end. I got off to a good start, didn’t I? All thanks to someone at the electronic repairs firm who is probably this moment blogging about the time he lost the first ever and best ever pre-recorded audio cassette he’d ever bought – Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung”.