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Steely Dan live at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA 1993


Steely Dan live at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA 1993

Instrumental Medley (The Royal Scam, Bad Sneakers, Aja) 0:12
Green Earrings 8:42
Bodhisattva 14:00
IGY 19:49
Josie 25:58
Hey Nineteen 32:57
Book Of Liars 39:14
Chain Lightning 43:38
Green Flower Street 55:29
Home At Last 59:35
Black Friday 1:05:56
Tuzz’s Shadow 1:10:30
Deacon Blues 1:16:37
Tomorrow’s Girls 1:24:43
Babylon Sisters 1:31:23
Reelin’ In The Years 1:38:11
The Fall Of ’92 1:45:15
Peg 1:51:32
Third World Man 1:56:12
Countermoon 2:02:31
Teahouse On The Tracks (small skip before this song; couldn’t fix it, sorry) 2:07:28
My Old School 2:15:39
FM (No Static At All) 2:22:37

Joining Fagen and Becker are:

Drew Zingg on lead guitar
Peter Erskine on drums
Tom Barney on bass
Warren Bernhardt on piano
Cornelius Bumpus, Chris Potter, and Bob Sheppard on saxophone
Brenda White-King, Diane Garisto, and Catherine Russell on backing vocals
Bill Ware III on the vibraphone
Boz Scaggs – guest appearance on Black Friday

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

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Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters live


Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters live

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

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The poet speaks in language plain


The poet speaks in language plain
But employs metaphors
To reach
The subconscious deep
To bypass the brain

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

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Faith is it not a strange thing


Faith is such a strange thing
Takes all forms and death sometimes results
From some to others who do not
Hew to their evil, self serving view.

As humans we have to hold true
That there is a power above
Greater than ourselves
To humble us.

This enriches our lives beyond measure
For without it life is barren
Dust, a bad taste in the mouth

Religions in times past have 
Gone on Crusades to murder
Those who did not believe
In the view they held that
Theirs was the sole true
Faith.

Faith in other parts
Performed without prosecuting
Persecuting.
They live and let others live
Admiration must one hold
To the peace in these in worship
In their way and not demand it
Of others.

In times past there have been
Those who required of their
Trodden mass
That they  worship the idol
Who set himself as atop of them
Better by far than the ordinary.

Tin gods, one held in Marx’s 
Something he did not intend.

The Reformation came
A way of life adopted
When Luther nailed not
Upon the cross but on the.
With hammer blows
His seven edicts upon,
Doors in Wittenberg.

This left free most to pursue
Their variation of a common
Faith, and took into their 
Own tongues
What in Latin
Was locked within 
The Priest.

There are those
Rare indeed who
Who do not
Show
What is in their soul
But commit to the universe
And lift their hearts
To a higher plane
But do not speak of it.

But regardless.
Humble us
In our hubris
And remove from 
Us our all too frequent
Folly.

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

Filed under: Arts, history, Media, Memoir, Music, poetry, songs, stories

Pander not to your audience


Pander not to your audience
To yourself be true to your art
For they can tell when the artist
Sings and plays with ever jangling sound
Authentic be in all you do
Your audience expects
Nothing less

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

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This is no artist that


This is no artist that
Sits at home
Masturbating
With what he calls his art
No, this artist loves, adores
His audience
For it for them he plays,
Writes and produces art
To bring both to them
And he the greatest pleasure

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

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Steely Dan – Rikki Don’t that Number, 1974


Steely Dan – Rikki Don’t that Number, 1974

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

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You know, it is funny


You know, it is funny
Whatever favourites
We have of our own art
There is no telling
What other will like

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, Memoir, Music, poetry, songs, stories

20 now


Twenty now again
My life to lead

Not this time
A chance again
God given
He be praised
To begin life 
Off on the wrong foot
Too young to be
Retired
To join the
Walking dead

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, Memoir, Music, poetry, songs, stories

This is joy


This is joy I feel
Not exuberance
That of a child
But of an adult
Fully grown
Rare I know
The soul
Now free.

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 11 August, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, Memoir, Music, poetry, songs, stories

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