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On this day in music history: March 9, 1975 - “Katy Lied”, the fourth studio album by Steely Dan is released. Produced by Gary Katz, it is recorded at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA from November 1974 - January 1975. The album’s title is a play on the word “katydid”, the species of grasshopper that appears on the LP’s cover (taken by Fagen’s then girlfriend Dorothy White). Several of the songs are piano based, with the duo utilizing keyboardist Michael Omartian to play on many of the tracks. For the sessions, Becker and Fagen use a seven foot long Bosendorfer grand piano (at the time costing over $13,000), which they talk their label ABC Records into paying for. The album features numerous top flight musicians including Crusaders member Wilton Felder (bass), Chuck Rainey (bass), Victor Feldman (percussion), Rick Derringer, Hugh McCracken, Larry Carlton, Dean Parks, Elliott Randall (guitar), Hal Blaine (drums), Michael McDonald (background vocals) and future Toto members David Paich (keyboards) and Jeff Porcaro (drums). Only twenty one years old at the time, Porcaro plays drums on nine of the albums’ ten tracks. Becker and Fagen experience major technical difficulties when the dbx noise reduction system malfunctions, rather than using the industry standard Dolby A noise reduction while mixing the album. In spite of efforts to correct the problem, they are unable to fix it entirely. Nearly deciding to scrap the album altogether, Becker and Fagen release it as is but have refused to listen to it since. It spins off two singles including “Black Friday” (#37 Pop) and “Bad Sneakers” (#103 Pop). In 1978, the audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab issues a half speed mastered pressing of the album. It sells poorly upon its release, and is deleted not long after. Though it ends up becoming a sought after collector’s item after it goes out of print, commanding as much as $300 - 400 for a sealed copy. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999. “Katy Lied” peaks at number thirteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

He sits at the bar,
Like a king wearing a crown of plaid,
Waiting until unhappy hour becomes happy hour.
(He will wait and wait and wait…)
.
Dean Winchester, they say,
The man who can drink a thousand men under the table,
And still come out asking for more.
(Though not without a crack in his voice…)
.
The man, the myth, the legend,
The country-boy with dirt to his name
And a sleek hearse at his beck and call.
(It will wait and wait and wait…)
.
Dean Winchester, they say,
The man who has given everything and lost everything,
Who continues to scream at the sky to this day.
(Though not without a crack in his voice…)
.
He sits at the bar,
King of the damned and the damned king
Of empty roads ands stolen moments and bitter regret.
(He will wait and wait and wait…)
— 

elliott d

@plaidandwhiskeydean, 2016

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Elliott Dean: a birth story

I wanted to still get this story written down & out there since Elliott is already a month old now … 😧

Once again, my birth story must begin at 36 weeks when I began experiencing prodromal labor pains. I had several episodes of persistent, regular contractions - a couple that actually brought me into L&D Triage where it was confirmed that my contractions were regular, yet I was not dilating. I had my membranes stripped at my 38 & my 39 week appointments, without results. It was exhausting! 😫 I can’t even begin to accurately recall all the events in the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy besides to say that I was in such discomfort that I actually begged my OB for an induction- I, dead set on having another natural, non-medicated birth was willing to potentially risk that with an elective induction. I was tentatively scheduled for an induction at 40 weeks, 2 days.

However, at 40 weeks, 1 day… I woke up at approximately 1:30 in the morning in a total haze, thinking I had peed the bed. I had taken a sleeping pill the night before at the recommendation of my OB because I was contracting so frequently that I had been only getting 2-4 hours of sleep per night. Apparently, this is what gets me going into labor because I had taken a sleeping pill the night I went into labor with Arya, too 😂 anyways. I was a bit beside myself thinking how could I have slept through the urge to pee so heavily that I peed the bed?! Then I realized “oh, I’m pregnant… could my water have broken??” 😳 I was too freaked out to move.

After I collected my thoughts, I gently rolled out of bed, expecting a puddle on my bed, but thankfully I didn’t gush everywhere, it was just a trickle. Enough to wet what I was wearing, but not enough to leak through to the bed. My contractions started strong from then, but given my track record of false labor and my disbelief that my water broken, I sat down in the bathroom, timing my contractions and waiting. They were already coming about a minute long, 5 minutes apart, so I called my mom to start her way over to pick me up and take me in.

I tried to remain calm as my contractions progressively got worse and closer together because I knew my first labor went so quickly that my OBGYN told me I could expect even faster this time around and warned me to not wait long before coming in. By the time my mom got to my house an hour after my water broke, my contractions were already more intense and 4 minutes apart.

At Triage, they tested the fluid I was leaking to confirm that my waters had ruptured- which they had! Is it weird that I was so happy and relieved about that? I just would’ve been so embarrassed if I was just imagining things and had really only peed myself. I feel like I spent forever in Triage. I can’t remember how dilated I was when I was admitted, but I think it was either 3.5 or 4 cm? I just couldn’t wait to get out of the Triage room and into the delivery room so I could start laboring in the tub. All I could think about was warm water all over my achey body, ugh I’ve never craved a bath so much in my whole life.

Once I got into the tub though, things really picked up. I really didn’t feel the relief that I was hoping it would provide- like it did during my labor with Arya. I tried my best to continue breathing through each contraction and managing my pain, but my contractions began to come nearly one on top of another. My mom suggested that I get out of the tub at the same time that I started to panic that I wouldn’t be able to get out of the tub in time and I wasn’t planning a water birth.

Somehow between my determination and assistance from my mom and the Triage RN, I made it to the bed. They checked me and I was 8 cm. At this point, they told me they wanted to attach a monitor to Elliott’s head to monitor his heart rate. They also informed me that the NICU team would be standing by just in case there were any issues with his heart or lungs due to Elliott’s clubfoot diagnosis and the fact that he had previously shown some heart rate dips during prodromal labor contractions. I had really wanted to decline any unnecessary monitoring, but I really was worried. It turned out to be a good call though because while I laid on my left side to labor, his heart rate dropped significantly and I had to quickly switch sides to stabilize it.

I watched the clock as the minute hand moved excruciatingly slow during each contraction. When I felt the urge to push, the RN paged my OB, but I couldn’t hold it back. I involuntarily pushed and felt his head -it was terrifying, seriously, I yelled “ah! I feel his head!” and thought for sure he was going to fly out across the room 🙈😂 thankfully my OB came in and I could push a couple more times and have my baby on my chest, just like that 👌🏻 he was born at 5:40 am. Just a tad over 4 hours from start to finish!

it turns out his cord was wrapped around his neck and he came out a bit blue, which was quite scary to think about. Thankfully though, he was breathing just fine and didn’t have any issues at all. He was perfect. I didn’t even need any stitches this time. I am so thankful that everything went smoothly given how quickly everything happened. & genuinely proud of myself for having another unmedicated, natural birth. 😌💕

Cas: Hello, Dean.

Dean: Hey, Cas!

Cas: Dean, this is my new IMAGINARY DRAGON, ELLIOTT!

Dean: Hey, Elliott!

Elliott: …

Elliott: …

Dean: You wanna say something, Elliott?

Elliott: I was led to believe there would be a lot more SMOOCHIN’ going on!

Dean: Who told you that?

Sam: NOT ME!  Not me!  OK, maybe me a little….