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Although I would work every day, I essentially was blocked because I didn't like what I was doing. I'd write a song and then a week later I just wouldn't connect with it at all.
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As jazz fans, it was amusing for us to play jazz harmonies on these big, ugly electric guitars.
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At the end of the '80s I felt like I was ready to start writing again. A lot of it had to do with a relationship I was in, and a lot of it really had to do with therapy.
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George Russell was an Irish poet who went by the pretentious pen name AE.
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Hopefully we're not all heading into The Last Mall.
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I don't think you can escape the environment we live in now.
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I had a lot of defenses that had been built into my personality, which became more of a disadvantage to me than serving any purpose, and I had to find that out.
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I had trouble distinguishing art from life. I don't now, and I feel much better!
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I have a critical nature, in the sense that when I look at something I often look for the flaws.
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I have survived as a solo artist.
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I know firsthand that my partner is the sweetest, kindest little old partner in the whole USA.
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I like it when songs develop in some way. Four minutes usually isn't enough time for something to develop musically.
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I love perfect art, and I had to learn that you shouldn't look for perfection in life.
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I never really studied horn arranging. I just make it up.
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I think most people are used to making records in a very tedious way.
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I think of Steely Dan as being of its time, and it may be inseparable from its time.
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I think we definitely touched something in the culture that certain people identify with.
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I used to listen to a lot of Oliver Nelson records in the '60s, and I like Thad Jones' arrangements.
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I very much wanted to do something of my own that reflected what I was experiencing separately. We felt we should take a break from each other. We were both not in the greatest shape at the time.
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I was escaping from myself. Even if I wasn't taking a lot of drugs or drinking, I was still just as blind to a lot of things as someone who does drink or take drugs.
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I was in the middle of doing this record that had been going badly, very slow. It was very difficult for me.
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I went into therapy, and when I came out my mind was as clean and pure as the driven snow.
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I'd much rather being fighting aliens.
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I'm still plugged into the Duke Ellington model, something akin to classical music, where you start with something; you develop a little bit and stick with it.
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If Steely Dan has survived, it's partly because we've reflected what's going on around us.
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In those days a lot of the songs were truly collaborative. We were always with each other, we were experiencing things collectively. That's what really made Steely Dan what it was.
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It feels like the century's chasing us, like having a hellhound on your trail.
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It seemed I was repeating myself. It wasn't relevant to what I was going through at the time.
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It's great to know that our old stuff still sounds good to our fans, just as it's wonderful to think that we've turned a few people on to jazz over the years.
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It's the technique of the future.
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People are usually afraid to say what's on their mind.
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Sometimes we do a little rewriting in the studio, but I write them out in advance, with the voicing and general layout.
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The album has kind of a frat house feel.
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The basic pattern that you go through life remains-you have to change and go through a lot of pain to come out the other side.
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The great jazz composer George Russell wrote the Lydian theory of chromatic tonal organization.
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The key clement is just a love of music, and a desire to get together and play without anything that encumbers live playing.
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The Nightfly focused on the past. This one's focused on the future.
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The studio owner is deeply into gear you might call retro, but since it never really went out, how could it be retro?
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The way we looked at things and what was going on at the time gave Steely Dan a specific character which I don't think it could ever have again.
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There's definitely a deep attachment of a lot of people to the music.
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This is the security century, which brings up a whole host of fears.
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This was a chance to play live without the pressure of doing an entire show, doing material that they don't usually do, just getting together and playing music that everyone likes and has some feeling for.
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We were locked into the idea that you have to surpass what you just did or else it's no good. Not only surpass it, but do something completely different.
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We were trying to stretch our apocalyptic aspect a little further than it's been for a while. This is a good time for that, with us being in the early 21st century.
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We were very depressed, and I think you can hear it in some of the tunes.
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We're not getting any younger.
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What do you do with what you're given, and how do you transform it into something worthwhile?
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When you get a groove going, time flies.
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