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

Freddie Garrity R.I.P.

As well as Freddie and The Dreamers, Freddie Garrity also appeared in 1970's kids TV show Little Big Time as well as two 1960's films with The Dreamers.
Sadly he died recently.

The Daily Telegraph obituary.

1 comment :

swac said...

*silently does the Freddie in tribute*

One of my favourite items in my collection of stuff is a video copy of The Kinks' Pete Quaife's home movies, including footage backstage at a taping of Hullaballoo, where Freddie and the Dreamers were also guests, and everyone he points his camera at feels compelled to do the Freddie. Well, except co-host Annette Funicello (although Frankie "Potato Bug" Avalon has no problem waving his arms and legs about).