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Monday Morning Music: “The Bright Nightgown”

October 14, 2009

Donald Fagan is awesome:


Slide Show Of Donald Fagen’s First And Only Solo Tour (2006)

This has to be the catchiest song about death I’ve ever heard. (H/T Neuron Culture)

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  1. October 15, 2009 at 12:23 | #1

    I liked some Steely Dan songs a lot.

    Please don’t think me churlish if I say I find this one you posted unlistenable.

    As I’ve said in several places, a song has to work for me on an emotional level, and if it doesn’t I’ll never get around to paying much attention to any details of it, like the lyrics.

    The words to this song could be about double-entry bookkeeping, for all I know.

  2. October 15, 2009 at 12:36 | #2

    It’s OK Gerry; you’re like 007, only with a license to churl. 

    The song was inspired by a comment by W C Fields, referring to Death as “the fellow in the bright nightgown”.  In the song, the narrator dies three different ways: from a fever, from a mugging, and from a drug overdose. 

    Or maybe there’s a secret message about accounting practices in there somewhere; I’ll check with one of the accounting majors in the lab…

  3. October 17, 2009 at 09:37 | #3

    I was mulling this over, meaning my taste in songs/music, and something came clear to me.

    When performers whose material I enjoy as pop music drift, in their careers, to more “jazzy” sounding stuff, they lose me. Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, and I’m sure others.

    Maybe I’m just a lowbrow.

    I put “jazzy” in quotes, because I can’t define jazz and don’t know anyone who can.

  4. 1centwiz
    November 2, 2009 at 06:41 | #4

    I wonder who the fellow in the bright night gown is? and why can’t you fight him? He he trying to take you somewhere? or is it talking about fate in the fact that you are going to die eventually?

    Angel of Death maybe? but is that the proper term if you don’t believe in God? and if not, then where do you end up? The Cosmos? Hmmm… I’m a big fan of Outer Limits, always some sort of moral dilemma going on in the show. Take a look at this one: http://www.hulu.com/watch/69866/outer-limits-in-the-blood?c=Science-Fiction#s-p2-so-i0

    On a side note, Have you ever looked up Laminin? I found it to be quite interesting actually as to the shape of it.. the one thing that holds everything together so I’m told… let me know what you think about that strange scientific oddity.

  5. November 2, 2009 at 06:56 | #5

    1cent, it’s a jazz song about an offhand comment by WC Fields.  I wouldn’t read too much into it.

  6. 1centwiz
    November 2, 2009 at 14:16 | #6

    Ah, that’s no fun… I always wonder what the words mean. Because if it’s a catchy tune, what else are you catching but the words rolling around in your brain?

    I have family members that refuse to listen to music with words, just for this reason. They don’t want to be controlled by hearing someone’s ideas put to a tune.

    Me? I love all types of music. Rap has some catchy tunes too, but I just can’t get past the whole demeaning women, making killing glorious and fighting the system of justice just because. Although that’s only a small portion of all the rap put out there, granted.

    If I had to choose some jazz to suggest, try George Winston, Jeff Lorber, and my favorite Grover Washington. Now that’s a few guys with talent and worth listening to.

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