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

Housekeeping Matter #18:
'Musical Indulgence' Massacre

It is with a heavy heart that I inform our visitors that a complaint from, of all entities, the National Broadcasting Company, has caused the not-so-good people at YouTube to remove the video of Elvis Costello and The Attractions that constituted Musical Indulgence #2; thereby causing me to delete the entry. Copyright problems, I'm told; and since YouTube would never countenance the uploading of copyrighted materials, they saw fit to lower the hammer on poor Tom (and I thought they had their hands full with this idiotic 'lonelygirl15' scandal).

I'm not sure what this spells for future entries in this series (I think I'm pretty safe as far as Movie of the Week goes), but we'll think of something.

We always does.

5 comments :

Jessica R. said...

NBC is the only company who goes after You Tube with any regularity so you should be safe. That Nilsson clip was wonderful.

Mike D said...

thats a shame - and utterly pointless from their behalf. ah well, onwards and upwards

trish said...

Lousy NBC.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm glad I got to see the clip before it had to be removed. I still don't see what the big deal is. That Nilsson clip was the cats pajamas.

swac said...

NBC is very sensitive about SNL clips on YouTube, as they often plant recent material on the site themselves to plug the current edition of the program, and clamp down on older clips posted by YouTube users which remind people of when it was actually watchable.