Thanks to Jethro Tull for making a hopeful and inspiring life metaphor. I do tend to gravitate towards the darker stuff and feel suspicious towards anything too cheery. Always have. But doesn’t it lighten the spirit to think of life as a long song? Yes, Ian Anderson adds the caveat that “the tune ends too soon for us all.” That just goes to show what a sensible guy he is. The tune always ends, maybe not always too soon, but too often too soon. But it’s how you sing it that matters. That was corny, forgive me. It’s a very tricky metaphor to pull off without sinking straight into a vat of molasses. Imagine what Paul McCartney would to with that. Something great, probably, but definitely goopy. Good thing the idea came to someone with a healthy dose of the skeptic about him.