Written for the decay and subsequent revival of Asbury Park, “My City Of Ruins” has taken on many other roles since its release. For my money, the most moving and powerful context that Springsteen placed it in began with the gospel and horn-drenched unveiling at that legendary Apollo Theater show.
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<<< BACKWARD (“Do You Remember The Name”) ||| ONWARD (“Darkling Down”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** In case there was any doubt, Walter Becker is a smart ass. Of course if you are a Steely Dan fan you’ve known that for decades.
So even though they tell us that spring is almost here — time’s been moved ahead an hour, the 21st of March is approaching — we’re not really getting the feel of the season up here in the Northeast.
I remember thinking that “Paradise,” written from the point of view of a suicide bomber, was simultaneously haunting and touching.
<<< BACKWARD (“Selfish Gene”) ||| ONWARD (“Somebody’s Saturday Night”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Do You Remember The Name” is one is the few Becker solo songs where I wonder what it would sound like if Donald Fagen co-wrote the music and worked on the arrangements.
There are points during nearly all concerts where the emotions and internal language of the music can take over to express something that’s out of the grasp of mere words.
<<< BACKWARD (“Circus Money”) ||| ONWARD (“Do You Remember The Name”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** “Sweet little baby from the hills somewhere, here’s a pretty lovebud for your hair…”. Is this how old Manhattan producer-types start their sex raps on Manalo wearing wafs? Well, according to Walter Becker’s track, “Selfish Gene”, yes, and apparently this tactic worksRead More
When The Rising first came out, the meaning of the songs of pure loss — Empty Sky and You’re Missing in particular — could only come out of the context of the events of 9/11. Though you might be able to take the story of You’re Missing and apply it to say, a broken marriage or any sudden death, I’dRead More
<<< BACKWARD (“Paging Audrey”) ||| ONWARD (“Selfish Gene”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Last week Victor explored the brilliant track “Paging Audrey” and declared it the most Steely Dan-like track on Walter Becker’s solo album, Circus Money. By contrast, the title track may represent the least Steely Dan like. Becker and producer Larry Klein built on an environmentRead More
<<< BACKWARD (“Upside Looking Down”) ||| ONWARD (“Circus Money”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** The allure of Walter Becker’s music is often found in how it differs from Steely Dan music, and the differences can be numerous. Enough so that Steely Dan fans aren’t necessarily solo Walter Becker fans.