Well…no politics today with the excitement building for the SD concert tonight….even after seeing them 5 other times, I think I feel the same as I did the first time back in 2002….it will be different without Walter but life goes on….my only concern is that they haven’t been playing two of my favorites, FM and Pretzel Logic….but they have gone into the solo catalogs of both of them with a couple and that may be cool…it would be neat to hear Slinky Thing done live….whatever happens, it will be a nice, relaxing night…think I may take my earplugs just in case….
Well…just ran across a thread on facebook where people are commenting that since Walter died, it’s not Steely Dan anymore and they want their money back for the concert here in GR…now, these must be people who have never seen SD before…while I loved the way Walter played, there were many concerts this year where he was sick and wasn’t there and they had a fill in do his parts…to be honest, most of the time you really didn’t know he was there or not…and I’ve seen them 6 times….it was the same for me when John Entwhistle of the Who died a week before I was to see them here and it never occurred to me to want my money back…and Ox was more a part of the Who’s sound than Walter was to SD’s…and I’m a bass player fan that was looking so forward to seeing his unique style of playing. I wonder where this all comes from? Would you want your money back for Eagles tickets because Glen Frey died? Or not go to see them because he’s not there? All I know is I’m going to go see them and enjoy the night….I’m sure that Donald will be firing on all cylinders to make up for it…I know that it won’t be the same without Walter….but, we’ll still get to hear what Walter has left behind….and we can revel in the fact that he was here at all….
Well…didn’t think this day could get any crappier…but then it did..it was just announced that Tom Petty died this afternoon from a massive heart attack. Not sure if I ever owned any of his music but one of the best concerts I have ever seen was when I saw him here in GR a few years back…great musicians and wonderful songs…I think we spent most of the concert on our feet dancing and laughing and just enjoying the night…too damn early Tom….RIP…
Well…after the comment by Richard Petty and Richard Childress today that they would fire anyone who exercised their 1st amendment rights and took a knee before the race today, I was going to say that you should boycott NASCAR….but, while I am done with them, it is up to everyone how to respond to this crap…I sure do hope they fire someone for following the constitution, they would probably be out of business with all of the lawsuits since it is settled case law that you can’t do that…especially since these two idiots already announced their intentions….there is one thing that you can do to express your displeasure that would really hurt these troglodytes as I have done…send e-mails to their sponsors that pay their bills…Petty’s car is sponsored by Smithfield foods and I’m sure they would be concerned when they get lots of e-mails of objection…and one of Childress’s cars is sponsored by Dow Chemical…so make them pay the only place they care about…in their wallets….
Well…just can’t get over the fact that Walter died….and I thought I needed to write more about it today…so, I will…Donald and Walter have been such a big part of my musical life since the 70′s that this is going to leave a hole there…I know the music will still be there but it’s like when John Entwhistle died the week before I was to see the Who here in GR…there’s just something less in the world knowing they’re gone…knowing that I’ll never again be surprised when I take the wrapper off a new SD disc and some new theme or lyric makes me smile….whenever I need to be soothed, whenever I need music to help quiet my brain when things aren’t going exactly right, I put on my SD playlists that I have heard a thousand times and I always feel better…Whenever I hear Doctor Wu and the emotions of loss and despair get replaced by elation by the end of the song, I am there waiting for Katy…that is the magic of Donald and Walter to me…that I can still be transported to other worlds with their story songs…and I grieve that there will not be any more of them…a sad, sad, day….
Damn…this is one that I never wanted to do…Walter Becker, half of Steely Dan, died last night at the age of 67. I am still catching my breath about this…the Dan has been my favorite group for decades now and the plan was to see them for the 7th time in October here in GR. I knew there was something seriously wrong with him when he missed most of their concerts this year, and he didn’t look well at all in the youtube video of a concert from May….but his death still hit me like a ton of bricks, to use the old cliche….the Fagen/Becker partnership has given us some of the best, snarky and literate music that was really hard to describe…but the themes of old guys and young women, of outsiders that really liked being outsiders, and yearning for pasts that never were still resonate to me…and always will….RIP Walter…I’m going to miss you….
Well…just a shorty in response to some tweets I’ve been seeing today that have said that since Texas is a red state and run by repubs, they can just go to hell and don’t deserve help from the blue states…now, I really don’t care much for repub lawmakers who do nothing but make the country worse for most of us, but these folks losing everything in Texas are Americans and all of us on the left and right have a duty to help anyway we can….and to say because you have different political views you deserve to die is just one of the most sick things I have ever heard….and I reject anyone saying this crap….we’re better than that…at least I hope we are….geez….
Well..with the tragedy that happened off Japan the other day with one of our destroyers colliding with a container ship resulting in the death of 7 American sailors, I have one question: how the heck did the collision happen? The modern American destroyer has one of the worlds most powerful radars on it that can track hundreds of targets at once…how did they miss something as huge as a modern container ship? There has to be more to this story that I won’t speculate on until the investigation is over….just curious, I guess….
Well…almost forgot to do this one…while I was watching the Roger Waters concert this afternoon, guess what was on the left hand side of the stage? I think you can guess….a Hammond B-3….so add another one to the B-3 count….
Well…this one could turn into a rant if I let it…but, I’m not sure if I should…with it being memorial day, I just watched a film about a couple of volunteer nurses that worked with a military doctor in the town of Bastogne during the battle of the bulge and I am just struck by the bravery and sacrifice these two women made…and their dignity doing it…one of them was killed taking care of wounded American soldiers when the Germans bombed the makeshift hospital where she was working and the other was gravely wounded…but she was back on the line the next day, working with the only doctor for the entire division that was defending the town…I see this kind of bravery is still being shown by our military to this day and it makes me howl with anger at the bloated monster who sits in the WH….who thinks he is worthy of being their commander in chief…they deserve better…we deserve better and the world deserves better….impeach….