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 #50:
Elvis Costello

Before


After

4 comments :

Mr Obscure said...

So - what are you trying to say?
That Elvis is older?
Takes himself too seriously these days?
Is no longer the wildcat he was?

Isn't this true of all of us at a certain age?

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Tom Sutpen said...

So - what are you trying to say?
That Elvis is older?
Takes himself too seriously these days?
Is no longer the wildcat he was?


No. I don't have a specific point in mind with this series, other than presenting the subject Before, then After (and I would never say that EC takes himself too seriously).

Which is not to invalidate your impression, necessarily.My method with everything on this blog is very simple: I have no wish to impose anything on the visitor. Whatever you think a specific entry means is every bit as valid as what I think. If an image produces a certain response in you, I won't argue with it. I'm not going to tell you it's illegitimate simply because it's not what I had in mind. I can only tell you what my intentions were (if any).

I know that sounds like Duchampian/Warholian blather, but that's honestly been my intent from the word 'go' (or at least from the moment the form of this blog fell into place a few months after I started it).

Isn't this true of all of us at a certain age?

Absotively!

Sam said...

Personally, the guy hasn't changed a bit. He may look mellower, but he hasn't changed one spot. Thank goodness.

Tom Sutpen said...

Hey, Sam...

Very true. For a guy who's been at this 30+ years (and who's had more than a few innings with spiritous liquors), it's remarkable how time hasn't ravaged him more. Sure, the guy's put on a few pounds . . .

. . . but who among us hasn't (including yours truly)?