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

Elliott Smith
& The Art of the Cover #2

These Days
(First Recorded by Nico; 1967)
(Words and Music: Jackson Browne)


Richard Gibson said...

'Chelsea Girl' by Nico is one of my favourite albums.

Tom Sutpen said...

Same here! Nico has always been a favorite of mine. She was a little like Dietrich in that, by every conventional standard, there's no way she belonged within a mile of a recording studio with that deepdish, two-tone voice and that accent you couldn't cut with a chain-saw. But I can think of few singers, not even the aforementioned Marlene, whose gift for expression was so moving so often (at least to me).

I'll take Nico over Leslie Gore anyday!

Richard Gibson said...

Very well put Tom. For me 'Chelsea Girl' is her best. The covers and the cover is great. The other LP's are not as accessible but I have them all the same.

Did you catch 'Nico Icon' when it came out a few years back? Also the book 'Songs they never play on the radio' is quite good too as I recall. I had the LP from the author of that book too.