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 Goes Curmudgeon

Bob Dylan sounds off on them young whippersnapper musicians in a story from the venerable New Musical Express. Like a lot of music journalism these days, it's light on detail in all the wrong places, but there's an interesting tidbit at the end about what looks to be a documentary trainwreck impending later this year.


J Linwood said...

Bob is also a keen movie fan having lifted snatches of dialogue from several films and incorporated them into his song lyrics.

Tom Sutpen said...

Jim, this is amazing stuff, truly. I remember the brief punch-up that occurred when it was discovered Dylan had supposedly lifted half the lyrics on "Love & Theft" from some Japanese novel. But this is different; and tere's too much here for it to be one massive coincidence.

The finding is inescapable: Bob Dylan, like me, like Stephen, like a lot of us . . . has simply seen too many movies!!!With your permission, I'd like to add add a link to your site to the sidebar.

On behalf of Stephen and myself, thanks for this info.

J Linwood said...

Thanks for the kind words about my site which is continually growing as I and others see more old films on TV.

Please feel free to add a link to the site.