Let’s expand on somethin I’ve said a few days/weeks ago. (1)

This might get a really, really, really long series. A really, really, really long one.
I write too fucking many tangents, don’t I? Yes. Yes I do.

This is about saxophones.
And why I miss them in contemporary music.

And one of the most epic saxophone parts in rock music must be in the track I’m about to post. If you know any other great examples… Hit me with them in the comments section!
But first, listen to the awesome song here. [It’s the video version, which is two minutes shorter, taking some breath away from this song, but still being perfectly awesome in itself!]

Gerry RaffertyBaker Street [City to City] | 1978 | Rock

[expand title=”Lyrics”]Windin’ your way down on Baker Street
Light in your head and dead on your feet
Well another crazy day
You’ll drink the night away
And forget about everything
This city desert makes you feel so cold.
It’s got so many people but it’s got no soul
And it’s taking you so long
To find out you were wrong
When you thought it had everything

You used to think that it was so easy
You used to say that it was so easy
But you’re tryin’
You’re tryin’ now
Another year and then you’ll be happy
Just one more year and then you’ll be happy
But you’re cryin’
You’re cryin’ now

Way down the street there’s a lad 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

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 there’s a quiet little town
And forget about everything

But you know he’ll always keep movin’
You know he’s never gonna stop movin
Cus he’s rollin’
He’s the rollin’ stone

And when you wake up it’s a new mornin’
The sun is shinin’ it’s a new morning
You’re goin’
You’re goin’ home.[/expand]

This song has a particularly great origin story. Instead of re-telling it here, click on the Song’s name. It’s short enough, and it involves jamming musicians and corporate lawyers. Just got, read it. I’ll wait for you.

Told you it was funny, didn’t I?

Now to the song. It opens in a really weird way. Like the opening tune to a 70s medical drama. Looking at its date of inception, that isn’t surprising. But it then immediately transforms into those awesome, crystal-clear and entrancing saxophone tones. This sax riff is probably the most known sax riff world wide. I’m willing to bet that each and every one of you knows it, even though you’ve never heard the song in its entirety. The guitar solo later on is also a damn-near masterpiece. The way they portray it in the video is perfectly fitting for the mood of this song.

Sunglasses, laid back, utterly in-the-moment. Giving it its fullest and best. … The way you should live life, if you ask me.

The song as a whole is parts soothing and parts upbeat. In a really good mixture. It’s generally more of a summer song that way, for me, but it’s also a “nightside” song. Test it out. Get together with some friends for a party lasting into the night and put this song when you’re all relaxed and slightly quieter. Smiling into your drinks, remembering fond memories or looking back at the last, great conversation. Put this song in RIGHT THE FUCK THEN. And watch people smile some more. I guarantee those smiles with the right crowd of intimate, good friends.

I also want to take the last verse for myself and the ending of this year and the upcoming beginning of the next.

“And when you wake up it’s a new mornin’
The sun is shinin’ it’s a new morning
You’re goin’
You’re goin’ home.”

This song’s also a small oddity. It’s not all that in-tune with the rest of the album. As such, I wouldn’t recommend the whole album to a friend. I really wouldn’t. It’s my cup of tea, but it’s… On the edge. Most of you wouldn’t like it. BUT! (And that’s a MC Frontalot kind of but!) But go to Amazon or iTunes and buy this song. You won’t be disappointed. :)

Oh, yeah. Remember that party where you should put this song on?
Follow it with this one, and just… Float away.
I also recommend good Whiskey as the drink-soundtrack to this chillness-soundtrack.

Dave Stewart & Candy Dulfer – Lily Was Here | 1989 | Smooth Jazz