Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the the band Steely Dan, died this past week. Along with Donald Fagen, the duo formed Steely Dan back in the early seventies. Their music blurred the lines of jazz, pop, rock and soul, and their lyrics were always complicated and witty. It’s one of the reasons I enjoyed their songs; they were storytellers.
Steely Dan had numerous hits including “Hey Nineteen,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number,” and “Aja.” When it came time to choosing one I wanted to feature, “Do It Again” seemed to fit if only because I wished Becker were still around to play it.
May you rest in peace, dear man.