Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Walter Becker (1950-2017)

It occurs to me that if I could write 200 words about the passing of a comedian I could barely tolerate, I can certainly write one sentence about Walter Becker, a songwriter whose music gave me great pleasure for forty-five years. Here's my favorite Steely Dan song, the title track to their 1977 masterpiece, Aja.


Uncle Tom said...

Aja - Steely Dan's pinnacle. As you might imagine, all my old bandmates in Parker's Band were pretty upset at Becker's passing. Heck I was still trying to figure out which one was Steely Dan when Rusty Golden made me learn "Black Friday", "Bodhisattva" and many others on the drums. Steely Dan eventually became one of my faves and Aja is still my favorite.

Mythical Monkey said...

Parker's Band was a hell of a group of talented musicians, most of them professional sessions guys now in Nashville. How many garage bands ever played Steely Dan?