Thursday, March 03, 2005


.. when all my dime-dancing is through... I run to you... That's a Steely Dan lyric from my college years, that is synonymous for many with marijuana clouds wafting from a bong. Before I heard the song, I thought 'Aja' was pronounced 'A-ha' rather than 'Asia' - thinking in Spanish, I guess. At left, the Indonesian gamelan, an unwieldly percussive instrument (think xylophone blended with drum) whose other-worldly tones I found discordant but compelling during my trips there in 1996 and 1997. That's what comes to mind later in Steely Dan's 'Aja' when I hear the line 'Chinese music under banyon tree / angular banjos.. .speak to me.'


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