December 3rd, 2004

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Where have all the Good Times Gone?

"Any major dude with half a heart surely will tell you my friend
Any minor world that breaks apart falls together again
When the demon is at your door
In the morning it won't be there no more
Any major dude will tell you"--old Steely Dan song

That fellow Ray Davies has a way with a song. My personal theory is that anyone whose brother accompanies him with a "harmony" one octave higher than the melody starts with a tremendous advantage. As my own brother is an intellectual giant, he'd be practically perfect if he could chip in an octave higher while I do my best "Love Hurts". I have racing through my mind Bowie's cover of an early Kinks song, as somehow the Bowie covers of anything stick with me longer than the originals. It's that delightful sheen of remove, that sense that the singer is singing the song, but is not quite part of the song. Jacques Brel is dead, but he'll send you a postcard of Paris from the beyond.

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