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

"I tattooed my brain all the way..."

Syd Barrett has fired up the interstellar overdrive.


swac said...

By an eerie coincidence, a friend and I were whizzing through the countryside singing along to Piper at the Gates of Dawn yesterday.

And now Syd's just a wind in the willows.

Flickhead said...

I admired the fact that Syd was constitutionally incapable of accomodating or bending to The Machine.

I'll be out on the deck today, listening to his two solo albums. Unlike his material with Pink Floyd, the solo stuff hasn't aged or dated one bit. It's completely insane, recorded from the edge, and some of the best stuff I've ever heard in my life.

Mike D said...

i hope syd is happy wherever he is.

as a young lad he blew my mind and i still thankfully haven't recovered.

RIP old chap

Richard Gibson said...

What?? Syd is dead? I completely missed this....

Today, on RNE3 which is by far the best radio station I have found in Spaiñ they played ´Íñterstellar Overdive´. I thiñk that the first two Pink Floyd albums are deceñt, I haveñt veñtured iñto the others...but the two solo albums ar excellent, shall have to dig them out iñ tribute.

Miss F said...

Shine On You Crazy Diamond