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Gerry Rafferty dead

January 4, 2011 - Zach Baker
This post has next to nothing to do with sports. Just warning you.

But it has been reported today that Scottish musician Gerry Rafferty has died, and I wanted to write a little bit about it, given that I lifted this blog's title, "Baker Street" from his most famous song.

I can't claim to be an expert on his career. I do know that he was the lead singer for Stealers Wheel, which was responsible for "Stuck in the Middle With You" which plenty of people have mistook for a Bob Dylan song. It's pretty catchy, and was immortalized in Quentin Tarentino's film "Reservoir Dogs." In college, when I was helping a friend disc jockey a radio show, I poorly re-enacted the dance of a character from the movie while the song was playing.

Thank goodness it was radio.

Rafferty's music has always fascinated me, since it almost was always tinged with mystery. "Baker Street," with its seductive saxophone and clever lyric, became a favorite of mine because I can't think of any song that's similar to it. The fact that the title contains my last name made it a natural choice for a blog title. It not only tagged me for the reader, but paid tribute to a song I've never been bored by.

As a big fan of "The Simpsons," (at least until a decade ago when the show seemed to forget about plots) I also must point out that in the episode "Lisa's Sax," Lisa played it at the end.

Other songs worth noting are "Right Down the Line," with an almost chilling guitar solo, "Get it Right Next Time," which is not played often, but worth listening to, and a song that has become an anthem for me: "Days Gone Down"

In the wake of Rafferty's death,the lyric seems particularly inspiring, and I listen to it whenever I'm down and need to remind myself that tomorrow will be better.

"You still got that light in your eye," Rafferty sings. "Our day is coming by and by. I travel this long road here with you. We've still got a long way, we've still got a long way to go."

Rafferty died of liver failure. He was 63.



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