Walter Becker, lead guitarist and co-songwriter for Steely Dan died over the weekend at the age of 67. I fondly remember back in the day spending hour after hour meticulously copying Becker’s guitar solos to see how they worked, pondering the enigmatic lyrics he wrote with Donald Fagen to find hidden meanings, marveling at the studied perfection of their studio work.  In other words, from their first major album Can’t Buy a Thrill until I left the music business, Becker and Fagan were my constant companions.

Black Friday contained one of his better known guitar solos.