I wish I’d listened to Steely Dan’s "Pretzel Logic," title track for the album Pretzel Logic, analytically, on headphones, a year ago. Or even six months ago. It’s recorded late enough that they have really good equipment and late enough that they’re getting adventurous, but not late enough that they’re getting too complex and difficult to figure out by listening.

I probably wouldn’t’ve known enough yet to pick up the lessons. But you never know. I might’ve.

Drums will be handled differently on Din of Thieves. So will anything on keyboards, which for me isn’t much, but isn’t zero. It’ll be cool.

(Also, if you’re ever thinking of engineering anything, listen to the acoustic rhythm guitar on “Any Major Dude Will Tell You,” on the same album. See what they did there? Write that down.)