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

This is the City . . . #8


The Capitol Records Tower (1957)

4 comments :

Vanwall said...

Wonderful choice - as a kid it was my favorite building in LA. The concept was sublime, and the execution was perfect.

Richard Gibson said...

Yes, excellent building. I saw it once, sadly didn't manage to get a decent photo of it myself.

That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

And now that Capitol has been merged with EMI and probably going on the auction block, the speculation is the building will be sold off and turned into condos. Another magnificent piece of pop culture history will lose its meaning...

peteski said...

designed NOT to look like a stack of LPs, however ...