Sometimes, when there is so much bad news, it helps to turn to music, and few songs are as upbeat as Donald Fagen's "I.G.Y."
The lead single from his bravura album "The Nightfly," this track continues Fagen's pop/jazz fusion vision, and the session players on it read like a who's who of LA heavies--along with NYC-based Valerie Simpson (of Ashford & Simpson). Contrary to what some critics said at the time, there is no cynicism here, the optimism is genuine, as Fagen was relating the way people felt during the 1957-58 International Geophysical Year.
To be sure, later events would permanently change the country's mood.
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