he song immediately grabs attention by using a second person point of view, with the use of the second person “you” the listener is automatically placed in the shoes of Stanley. Kid Charlemagne represents the pinnacle of Steely Dan's ability to create a song that is musically incredible while still having lyrics that are work of art in themselves. The storytelling is accomplished not by directly repeating the rise and fall of Owsley Stanley but by using subtle and clever allusions that paint a much more powerful picture to the listener.
Stanley Owsley had a massive LSD lab outside of San Francisco where he produced millions of doses of exceptionally pure product. Owsley used profits from his LSD empire to fund the Grateful Dead. persuading his girlfriend to dropout of Berkely and make LSD with him. Though later out run in the Bay Area by various cocaine dealers and arrests, which resulted in the Dead leaving him behind. Owlsey died n 2011 though he left behind a puzzle of strange stories.
I was instantly hooked by this article with the mere personal connection the journalist begins the article to grasp the readers enthusiasm. Becker along with Fagen were both architects of the sound and passion that was given off from Steely Dan. Everyone knew Fagen and Becker were those long-haired sci-fi, greasy guys that you know but aside from their appearance they savored studio time and slowly plotting their next biggest hit. Though many people people were unaware of Becker's early life struggles which could of foreshadowed the dark lyrics.
what drew me into this article was Before The Dead, which was Jerry's real debut, which after 50 years was just discovered. Before Jerry joined what would become a true brand of American diverse music he was known as a member of the Black Mountain Boys. Along with his later first wife Sara they birthed two songs with key notes of early folk bluegrass tone. However who would know a country infamous band would be mere building blocks for timeless music.
The most interesting elements of the writing is how to journalist uses song titles to reveal the larger picture. The journalist explores the idea of bringing back jazzy- rock fundamentals to the society. Yet many of society thinks smooth music is just another hopeless cause sitting on the side of interstate. However smooth music surrounds us it is just well-layered now, a society can't survive without LSD powered music. Which is why we need to Make America Smooth Again, hopefully it is not near the end of a great era.
I was instantly hooked by this piece of writing because of the journalist's incredible endearment for Steely Dan. To transparent the odd and uncomfortable aggression the journalist that all Steely Dan are two freak jazz-heads who are obsessed with sarcasm. Though Steely Dan has always been a band where you just sit in your chair turn up the speakers and layback and think you are a lyrical reader mastermind and miss everything they say. But in fact that is what makes the music so fun, every-time you listen to the same line somehow you fall in love with it in some other way.
I was instantly hooked by this piece if writing because it explores Stewarts unblemished rasp. The most interesting elements of this writing are the breakdown and analysis of Stewart's song masterfully. A sentence I might like to mimic is "Rod skirts full patois with a tale of an island paradise full of happy people and wise "little Jimmy" dispensing money-ain't-everything philosophy "at the coco bar." The journalist is explaining the significance of the lines while using them to form the sentence.
What drew me into this piece of writing was singer and songwriter Pharrell William's noticeable love for Steely Dan. William's was nothing but proud of their influence on his music, Pharrell evidently was and has been a student of Yacht Rock. However it isn't ludicrous to compare Fagen and Becker who were both just philosophical jazz nerds in college, to Williams and N.E.R.D who were both jazz band members in high-school both unintentionally adding on to the Yacht Rock formula. Yet William's wrote a song with Fagen in mediation, though it is hard to imagine Fagen singing such sappy lyrics, unless of course it was another well-layered Steely Dan puzzle.
This article lured me in by my unanticipated discovery that the Traveling Wilbury's were just stationary guys as misleading as there name is they never travelled further than the corner. Overall Lyne, Dylan, Petty, and Orbison's dream team band was never forseen and was an utter coincidence. However the further the band travelled the more clearly it painted their picture and their music. yet the Traveling Wilbury's only birthed two small but georgous volumes which will never expire in age.
I was instantly hooked by this piece of writing because it discussed the true attributes of an aficionado of classic rock. Yet the journalist explores the idea that people who know absolutely nothing about music love the Monkee's, and people who think they know about music have utter distaste for the music. However he concludes that fake or real everyone can appreciate the sound and taste of Hall and Oates. A sentence I might like to mimic is "You can groove on the sugary sweet simplicity of the melody or you can dive down deep into the nuances of the rhythm section and the harmonies. The choice is yours." The journalist choice of words create a mere connection with the reader, leaving them dazed.