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

Seminal Image #305


Head
(Bob Rafelson; 1968)

7 comments :

Vanwall said...

Scandalous - it was not nominated for Best Picture! I still prefer the last few episodes of the TV show - some were outright disturbing.

BCNU,
Rob in Dago

swac said...

That Frodis Caper episode...darned freaky.

I think Head is a masterpiece, and I've never even done acid.

Although my seminal image would probably have to include Teri Garr.

Vanwall said...

That was my fave! Rip was so freaky!

BCNU,
Rob in Dago

Richard Gibson said...

And a good sountrack too!

Sam said...

The best line of the film came from Frank Zappa and for the life of me, I can't remember it now, but I know I was on the floor laughing when he did it.

Tom Sutpen said...

Sam wrote:

The best line of the film came from Frank Zappa and for the life of me, I can't remember it now, but I know I was on the floor laughing when he did it.

*****
If I'm not mistaken, it's probably the first thing he says to Davy Jones after Jones' rendition of Harry Nilsson's "Daddy's Song":

"That song was pretty White."

Though I think Jones' line thereafter ("So am I, what can I tellya"), is just as good.

almadora said...

'HEAD' ...man, what can i say? one of my favorite films. i loved it the first time i saw it . brilliant. melancholy. fantastic music. it moves at a good pace, and manages to balance the fantastic with the satirical. and the Monkees prove to be convincing actors. definitely on my 'desert island' list.