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

When Legends Gather #21:
The April Fool's Edition

John Lennon, Keith Moon, Paul and Linda McCartney (April 1, 1974)

I'd never seen this photo before, of the McCartneys and Moon visiting Lennon at his rented Santa Monica beach house in 1974. This is reported to be the last known photo of Lennon and McCartney together, although they would meet again on occasion in the years before Lennon's death. (And no, it's not a's just something that happened 21 years ago today.)


Tom Sutpen said...

Hey Stephen, have you ever heard the tape from the recording session that McCartney participated in (on drums) with Lennon, Moon, Nilsson and (??) Stevie Wonder around this time?

No, this ain't no April Fools' Day thing, either. I actually have this recording. About 30 minutes of pure musical chaos, in reverb, where a bunch of drunk, stoned and possibly worse musicians attempt to negotiate their way through some very simple old Rock and Roll songs.

swac said...

I've heard of it...but never heard it. This picture was taken the day after a "Sunday night jam session" which is probably what you have on that inebriated plate of musical hash. It must have come out some time after I gave up on buying bootlegs (after hours and hours of rambling Let It Be outtakes...and finally getting a decent copy of Smile).

MichaelRyerson said...

That would be thirty-one years ago, not 21. I'm just sayin. Still a cool picture.