A stream of blues funk runs at my back

Steely Dan

highlighting those great days

when the now was all and more .


I tick off receipts on a thin bank statement

guess that's what came out of all that


but still that music runs with the tide,

holds some answers


and I dip my toes in the water

refreshing memories of those

great days

when I invented promise, then

when the now was all and more.



APRIL 14 1912 ►


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Sat 7th Jan 2017 16:58

Thanks Hazel - A funny thing is time and to a musician like me means the disconnecting of real time for playing in the moment - hard to describe. Poetry can transport us too !

Paul, I sweated over that line, wondered if it made sense ; glad it meant something. Weirdly I was listening to the very same CD - wonderful playing by top guys and that super whiney Donald Fagin. Yessir, playing was a highlight but never generated those fat statements. Mind you, I did buy a house off the back of it - 2K down . Hardly possible today!

Thanks Jeff, a sort of taking liberty sort of line, but that's how it feels now.


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Sat 7th Jan 2017 15:45

Really like this line too...when I invented promise.....conjures up all sorts....Jeff...

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Paul Waring

Sat 7th Jan 2017 09:25

Ray, another great line, in addition to the one Hazel points out, is "when the now was all and more". Takes me back to so many great moments in life, including buying Steely Dan's 'Aja' in 1977 and, in my tiny bedsit, listening to the funky flavours of the track 'Josie' for the first time. Maybe you were also referring to highlights of playing in your band? Paul

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Hazel ettridge

Sat 7th Jan 2017 08:35

At least you can have your funky memory NOW. Love the line 'when I invented promise'

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