The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Orpheus in Action #3

Orpheus in a Corner

1 comment :

Sister Ray said...

there's a couple of bootlegs out from this period. one is "dimestore medicine" and the other is "wild thin mercury music". i do not mention to brag at what i got (bet you could find them on a blog like i did, if you looked) but to confirm an agreement with the continued use of the greek god-myth you use. hence, someone BEFORE you with enough oomph to press the highway 61 outtakes and early versions actually would cite "mercury" in the title.
of course, the "dimestore medicine"? well, the old over-the-counter diet pills could do wonders for one's inspiration...