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

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #2

Syd Barrett


Anonymous said...

Syd Barrett was not a mad-man...infact he was one of the most talented, beautifull minds of the 20th century. just because you cant understand someone, doesnt make them crazy.

Tom Sutpen said...

I can assure you I meant nothing pejorative in my use of the term 'madman'. In this context it's the exact opposite of an insult. All geniuses are, to some degree, crazy. He's one, but that doesn't make him any less of a genius for it.