The great songwriting tradition of blending opposites gets quite a workout on “The Fuse.” We have the vignette of the (possibly doomed) lovers in the last verse, which seems to leaven the darkness of the earlier verses, where death takes on a heavy presence.
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<<< BACKWARD (“Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore”) ||| ONWARD (“Paging Audrey”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** There is a certain elegance in Steely Dan and Donald Fagen albums that was missing in Walter Becker’s first solo release, 11 Tracks of Whack.
As I write this, yet another snow storm is heading toward the northeastern United States. This is really no big deal except for some of are kind of done with it for the year. I include myself in that camp, though I’m not willing to do something as stupid as say, move to Texas.
With that varied styles employed throughout The Rising, it was kind of refreshing to hear “Further On (Up The Road)” come blasting out of my speakers. Very little in the way of violins, mandolins, or anything else that might get in the way of the insistent bombast. But there was a problem: I didn’t really like the way it sounded.
<<< BACKWARD (“Downtown Canon”) ||| ONWARD (“Upside Looking Down”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** Walter Becker’s Circus Money covers a wide music landscape. The song, “Bob’s Just Not Your Uncle Anymore” appears — at least on the surface — to be a simple reggae track.
In the Springsteen catalog, it’s not often that I prefer the studio over the live version of a song, but in the case of “Let’s Be Friends,” it’s the truth.
<<< BACKWARD (“Door Number Two”) ||| ONWARD (“Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** I have a deep love for Walter Becker’s second solo effort, 2008’s Circus Money. It’s a love that far surpasses any other solo effort to date by Donald Fagen or Becker himself.
You might be asking yourself, “Self, what does a cow’s uterus have to do with music? And what does this have to do with Andy Warhol?”
John Lurie is a musician, a composer, an accomplished painter, and an actor. For good measure, toss in raconteur and all-around Internet wise guy.
For non-musicians, the creative process can be something of a mystery. The composer has all of that training about melody, harmony, scales, time signatures, and chord progressions — and out of that the musical ideas are born…somehow. The truth is that while the process can indeed be opaque (sometimes even to the composer), it’s not necessarily loaded down with music’sRead More