After the recent post's here on Steely Dan, I pulled out my recordings just to listen again to some of the songs and musical passages being discussed. Listening closely to SD's melodies, harmonic and rhythmic structure, Donald Fagan's vocal phrasing and dynamics as he sang, stirred something in my musical subconscious. I felt that there was something remotely familar there. Now, I'm a big SD fan... and, a big Joni Mitchell fan, too. I have all of their album's. Listening (but not listening) to SD started to remind me of Joni's melodies and song structure; especially in her "Blue" to "Hissing of Summer Lawns" period. The strangeness/dissonance/funk/jazz of SD melodies seemed to fit in with the same of JM. In fact, and this is what really hit me... In my head, I imagined that I could hear Joni's voice singing many of SD's song's! And, her voice fit perfectly!! I'm wondering if Fagan/Becker were big JM fans and either subliminally or consciously copied some of her style. I would say the opposite could also be true... however, JM was around quite a bit longer and before SD. Either way, I love them both!