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

Before and After #37:
Kurt Cobain




Luke said...

can we follow this up with a before/after of river phoenix?

Tom Sutpen said...

Good suggestion!

Probably won't be the next one, but eventually.


dola said...

It's tough to even conceive the nature of the inevitable creative missteps that this man would've made if he lived past 27. 27 years old. I need to clean my room.

1927mrow said...

pure musical genius without a reality rudder for daily life.