What A Beautiful World (IGY) – Donald Fagan
One of my favourite bands is Steely Dan. Founding member Donald Fagan had a hit with IGY or what is also known as What A Beautiful World (from the Nightfly Album, which is considered one of pop music’s sneakiest masterpieces). Some say it’s a satirical take on the future of the world proposed by scientists back in 1957/58. However, I stand with those who consider Donald gives us an aspirational view of the great things we can do in the years ahead. I consider What a Beautiful World is a great song and we can spin the positive that the world does become a better place as we rise to the challenge of science and technology helping with our environmental, social, political and economic future…
We did get to see Donald Fagan perform some time ago, in amongst the grape vines at Sandalford Wines. Donald playing those Steely Dan hits was awesome. Not only that, but Cheryl Crow and John Mellancamp also played that night along with Australia’s rock poet: Richard Clapton.
Closing Out This Week
As some of you may have read regarding my other posts this week, we have gone through a hard lockdown here, while at the same time facing a devastating bushfire and then to top it off – extensive flooding from a cyclone, which ironically, it’s rains have helped control the bushfire.
It Is A Beautiful World – And You Are A Key Part
To have a beautiful world, we need to be in it to win it. Everything we do for the positive, big or small, helps make the world a better place. We need to keep preparing the world for what is to come. Each improvement we make helps us deal with the eventuality.
As it turns out, I have a direct connection with all three events. With the hard lockdown, I participated in developing strategies for a local government regarding its way way forward this week. In terms of the bushfire, I know many of the people involved in bringing it to a standstill and some who were lucky to survive. In two weeks time I will be driving through the fire ground to visit a client. With the cyclone, I closed out the project re the flood mitigation (levee) wall that surrounds Carnarvon. It has proved its weight in gold as the river rose more than 7 metres above its normal level.
See you next week…