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    Default RIP Gerry Rafferty

    This guy had more than his share of demons. Hope he gets some peace now.

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    Sad news indeed. City to City is still one of my favorite albums....yes albums.
    yeah.......i'm still here.

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    Very sad. I'm happy he died peacefully.

    I don't know him for much more than "Stuck In The Middle With You" and "Baker Street" - both of which are excellent songs - and I have strong memories tied to both:
    -"StuckITMWY"...we got a new band teacher for my junior year. I was bummed out because I really liked our previous band teacher and I missed him; it just wasn't gonna be the same, you know? One day after school, I walk by the band room on the way to the bus and I hear "Stuck..." blaring from the band room. He and two of his kids were throwing down a jam with just drums, keys, and guitar. I popped on in, grabbed the bass, and we threw down a great jam. Played a really hot version of it for about 10 minutes. It was a great way to bond with the new guy and his kids.
    -"Baker Street"...when I hear this, it reminds me of growing up in Lake Havasu City, AZ, which at that time was a veritable heaven-on-earth (before MTV Spring Break showed up and messed up the place for good). That song just takes me back every time. The sax riff is one-in-a-million. I love how it just takes off.

    Anyway...rest in peace, Gerry. Thanks for the music.

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    I love Baker Street, takes me back to my summer between 10th and 11th grade and hanging out at Livco pool all summer. RIP
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    From The Lefsetz Letter blog, by Bob Lefsetz:

    Maybe he'll get it right next time.

    You had to buy "City to City". For "Baker Street".

    Famous for Raphael Ravenscroft's solo, that was not the song's only magic. Starting like a sunrise, evidencing the hope that only music can exude, "Baker Street" is as good as any movie ever made, yet it's a record.

    That's the power of music.

    And as happy as the music sounds, that's not how the lyrics start out...

    "You used to think that it was so easy
    You used to think that it was so easy
    But you're tryin'
    You're tryin' now"

    Isn't that what growing up is about. At twenty you know everything, as the decades pass, you realize you know nothing. You were confident once, now you're not so sure... But you keep on tryin', until you start cryin'.

    If you haven't been at loose ends by time you're fifty, you're doing it wrong. You just haven't taken enough chances, you just haven't risked. And how these twentysomething artists could get it so right, be so worldly in their younger years, I don't know. Then again, after flashes of genius, so many burned out. Or knowing so much, burning so bright, they flamed out, into alcoholism. Like Gerry Rafferty.

    Then again, that was his father's legacy. Alcohol. It's hard to escape where you come from, especially when you're unwanted and the only hope and inspiration comes from yourself.

    But "Baker Street" ends on an optimistic note.

    First there's the conversation:

    "Way down the street there's a light in his place
    He opens the door, he's got that look on his face
    And he asks you where you've been
    You tell him who you've seen
    And you talk about anything"

    We call this friendship. We're looking for the one true buddy who knows us, who accepts us, but isn't afraid to call us on our bullshit.

    "He's got this dream about buyin' some land
    He's gonna give up the booze and the one night stands
    And then he'll settle down in some quiet little town
    And forget about everything"

    Is this Gerry's story?

    Unlike today, Gerry Rafferty's career didn't begin with "Baker Street". The gigantic hit came years down the line. After paying his dues, endless nights on the road...when you've worked this hard, you're shocked to finally break through. And then what? How do you cope with everything you've dreamed of once you've given up on it occurring?

    If you think Gerry Rafferty was a one hit wonder, you've never heard "Stuck In The Middle With You". Which seems even more popular than his ubiquitous solo hit today.

    But that solo hit was so good, Rafferty's sound so rich, that I continued to buy album after album, because when Gerry got it right, there was a richness to the sound and the lyrics that embodied humanity...Rafferty's aural dope was of such quality, it could never be denied, we were always searching for one more hit.

    But no more.

    Have you listened to "As Wise As A Serpent"?

    "Now you once asked me why we can't communicate
    But it doesn't always pay to tell the truth
    If I told you right now, you'd only run away
    Run away, run away home"

    Trust is gone.

    That's a horrible place to be. I'm working my way back from it. My ex-wife obliterated my faith in people. You say to never leave, then you leave me?

    "So we sit in empty rooms and dream our lives away"

    That's what's gone from today's hit music. The despair.

    You can sleepwalk through life. You can take no chances, play by the rules. But the only fun, the only thrill comes from coloring outside the lines. But with this risk not only comes reward, but disappointment, ennui, desperation and depression.

    You hear all of this in Gerry Rafferty's tunes. No words can convey these feelings as well as these songs. That's the power of music.

    It took me years to find all of "Sleepwalking" online. I had the vinyl, I needed MP3s, that I could take with me. Because our music, it's our most valuable possession, nothing else we own can be a companion and touch our hearts just so.

    I was waiting, I was waiting...for the day I heard from Gerry Rafferty. I wrote again and again, about how much his music touched me, how it reflected my life, how I felt the solidarity.

    It never happened.

    And now it never will.

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    "Baker Street" takes me back to the days of lounging around at the public pool too!

    of course the 'other song' was pretty sweet!
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    Really nice voice - too bad radio couldn't find a few more songs to play.

    I think the one time I did "Baker Street" at karaoke I was slightly inebriated!

    Rest in Peace, Gerry, may your demons have fled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hain23x View Post
    "Baker Street" takes me back to the days of lounging around at the public pool too!

    of course the 'other song' was pretty sweet!
    Oh, man...I forgot about that one! Yes, that is a great song, too. Brings back some memories. Thanks for posting, hain!

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