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

They Were Collaborators #208

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Linda and Richard Thompson


Jeff Duncanson said...

Thanks to you, I'm going to have to go and listen to "Walking on a Wire" now.

huskermould said...

Damn it, 'Walking On A WIre' is one of my favorite Linda & Richard Thompson tunes. That song is the reason Linda is one of the best feamle singers in my books.

Mike D said...

britains finest songwriter? certainly a stellar guitarist, coupled with one of its finest singers - this duo are hugely under-rated in my book.

i am off to listen to them now - thanks for the reminder

Perry Middlemiss said...

A rare photo indeed - Richard is almost smiling.

tsl said...