Walk Between The Raindrops – Donald Fagen

fagenAll neighborhood is quiet, the houses dark. Except for a single light burning in upstairs room. Inside, there’s a teenager with ear next to a portable radio. He’s playing it softly, so his parents won’t wake up. ”I’m Lester the Nightfly’,’ says the voice on radio. ”With Jazz and conversation from the foot of Mount Belzoni”. The teen-ager listens, entranced, far into the night. That teen-ager was Donald Fagen in late of 1950’s. The Nightfly’s album is a vivid and frequently ingenious look back at a world that is gone forever. On the cover he sits at a 50’s radio microphone, talking out of the corner of his mouth, punctuating his patter by waving a Chesterfield in the air as he prepares to spin a Sonny Rollins record. Its references to both the spirit and the music of the years when Donald Fagen was growing up can be found in almost every song. (nDy)

Malam semakin larut, suasana kompleks pemukiman telah gelap dan senyap. Kecuali seberkas nyala dari kamar loteng di sebuah rumah. Rupanya ada anak masih menyimak penyiar radio favoritnya. “Anda ditemani saya, Lester the Nightfly. Bareng sekumpulan karya apik Dave Brubeck hingga West Montgomery, berikut khabar dari seputaran Mount Belzoni”. Anak itu Donald Fagen, kelak merilis album solo berjudul The Nightfly.Semua lagu ditulis menurut pengalaman hidupnya dan kejadian di era 1950an. Terutama rasa galau masa puber, ia begitu pemalu akibat gagap bicara. Maka Donald akrab dgn suara penyiar yg tak pernah ditemui, hanya hafal nama musisi Jazz yg tak pernah dikenalnya. Pacaran menjadi impian muluk, ia cuma berani melirik perempuan dari balik hujan, when we walk between the raindrops. Lagu ini kukenal dari radio jazz KLCBS Bandung era 85an, sebelum akrab dgn kelompok Steely Dan yg mempengaruhi Christopher Cross, Kenny Logins, Hall & Oates, hingga band Toto. Album The Nightfly diganjar tujuh nominasi Grammy Awards 1983, laris di Amerika hingga Eropah, koleksi para audiophile, serta rekaman terfavorit kaum yupies versi The Wall Street Journal in 2008. (nDy)

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