A daughter’s tribute – Sayan Becker

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“You loved music more than anyone I know. You’re always there bobbing your head to each beat, doing a little dance here and there, or sitting over there with your big head phones on and swaying back and forth. I could see it, your dissecting the song — listening in closely for each beat , for each musical instrument — you know, whatever you musicians do. But I get it.

Every road trip without fail came The Pit Stop at some guitar store. Heck, dad, I keep telling you why don’t you just own your own store? Five hours go by as I sit watching you fiddle with a guitar here and there…yet you never end up buying one. I understand though; it was your fun place, like an arcade; playing all you can, and as loud as you can. Your candy shop.”

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Walter Becker 1950 – 2017

We will perhaps try to post a better suited tribute or such tomorrow, but right now we’re just bummed out. Condolences to Walter’s family, close friends and the Steely Dan Band.

If you seek solace or some sort of consolation, you can browse the many Instagram posts and comments (click image), or visit the Bluebook.
And Rickie Lee Jones wrote a memorial for the Rolling Stone:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/read-rickie-lee-jones-poignant-tribute-to-walter-becker-w501078

French Steely Dan tribute!

Students of the Conservatory in Paris playing the music of Steely Dan. We’re not going to translate what they say in the video, just let the music speak volumes!
For more music, pictures and interviews, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steelydantributepolemaparis

“Reportage “Steely Dan Tribute” au Pan Piper le 3 avril 2017.
Concert des étudiants du CRR de Paris Jazz & Musiques Actuelles Amplifiées.”

Support a Funeral for Nigey Lennon

https://www.youcaring.com/nigeylennon-694718 (feel free to share this link!)

Nigey passed away Monday, November 14 due to complications from radiation therapy she received in 1998. She survived the cancer, but not the treatment. She thought she was fighting a virus, but instead she was fighting a battle she couldn’t win.

Like a lot of creative people who choose the artists’ path, our friend Nigey and her husband Eric depleted their resources during the course of her nigey-lennon-candleillness.With this fundraiser we aim to cover the expenses for a funeral. Please do what you can and share to get the word out.

It’s her wish to be buried at Northport Rural Cemetery. In a bio-degradable cardboard coffin. She didn’t want to be cremated. Maybe she liked the idea of becoming part of the soil, the land she cared for.

Can you, as her friends, make that wish come true?
The goal amount is provided by the Northport Rural Cemetery.
All donations will solely be used for Nigey’s funeral.

Paypal however, takes a fee for each donation via the fundraiser page. https://www.youcaring.com/nigeylennon-694718

If you’re in the USA and have a PayPal account, you can also send donations to me directly via https://www.paypal.me/GinaVodegel, and PayPal won’t take a fee. Every dollar will be for Nigey’s plot at Northport Rural Cemetery!!

If you’re in Europe, you can also send donations via https://www.paypal.me/GinaVodegel as my friend, that way no fees will be charged. I will keep you posted of each donation made, of course, via email and in updates with screenshots/pictures on the fundraiser page.

Thank you.

Nigey is known as a published author. She wrote “Sagebrush Bohemian,” the first book about Mark Twain in the West, Homeopathic Cell Salt Remedies (co-author Lionel Rolfe), “Being Frank,” her time spent with Frank Zappa, “Bread & Hyacinths” (co-author Lionel Rolfe) which illuminates an obscure chapter in the history of Los Angeles and America’s socialist movement, and a popular book about the Grandmaster of Pataphysics, Alfred Jarry, “The Man with the Axe” which was extensively illustrated by Bill Griffith, a famous underground comics artist who has had a daily strip (Zippy the Pinhead) for decades.

Her skills as a musician and composer resonate on her album Reinventing the Wheel which was first released in 2001. A remastered version with bonus tracks is in orbit since 2013. Providing these bits and pieces of her resume, however, don’t do justice to who she was as a person and a human being. Her wit and intuitive sense for the peripheral perspective in life gained her an inner encyclopedia of knowledge, a stealth mode that made her invisible and unknown to others, yet she saw and noticed a lot, if not all. Her return to the cosmic collective consciousness is a deep loss for those who love her.

Raving reviews!

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Michael Leonhart tackles Donald Trump

Grammy-winning trumpeter/composer/producer/arranger Michael Leonhart has performed/recorded with Yoko Ono, James Brown, Meryl Streep, Caetano Veloso, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Steely Dan and the Charles Mingus Big Band. Michael’s trumpet playing was recently featured on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ smash hit “Uptown Funk”.

In the spirit of these renowned artists who have continually kept an eye on politics and human rights issue, Michael crafted “Ronald Rump” with his Michael Leonhart Orchestra, a form of political satire using the uniquely brazen dialogue of Donald Trump from the public domain, featuring Nelson Cline on guitar!

Enjoy!

Teddy Kumpel’s Reeling In The Years

Joe Jackson hardly needs any introduction. We also don’t need to explain the Steely Dan affiliation, you can find an entry from 2014 in our very own search engine which makes you dig up that old vinyl or reach for a top or bottom shelf where you store your CD’s so you can listen to 11 Tracks of Whack again and again, and again as if you’re in the same room with Joe Jackson, listening in unison. And when you’re back in here, with us, you can watch this video from the current tour in Europe. Doug Yowell on drums, Graham Maby on bass. Does that guitarist on the right ring any bells? That’s Teddy. Teddy Kumpel. He told us they almost did Reeling In The Years, but didn’t in the end. He also invited us to come see them play this week in Rotterdam or Antwerp, but we alas had to kindly decline with some regret. But we’re hoping for some nice pics and maybe a little story or a Steely tune to find online. Maybe.

teddykRemember Teddy Kumpel from way back then when this was Mizar5? He was on tour with Rickie Lee Jones, they played Scrabble when on the road. We found some of those old entries in the incomparable Internet Archive Wayback Machine and figured you might like to be Reeling In The Years with Teddy and Rickie and yes, scroll-down-for-it Joe Jackson too!

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