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

The Cool Hall of Fame #68

Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart)


Joe said...

"Brickbats fly at my fireplace
Upside down I see them in the fire
They squeak and roast there
Wings leap across the floor"

They don't write lyrics like that anymore.

Joe Thompson ;0)

Mike D said...

distant cousins
there's a limited supply
n' we're down to the dozens
n' this is the reason why...

big eyed beanzzz from venus
o me o my


Vanwall said...

Lick my decals off, baby....

dhalgren said...

the moon was a drip on a dark hood...

What is it about this guy, who hasn't recorded for 25 years, that keeps us fascinated? His music still seems like it comes from somewhere else. In recent times Findlay Brown and The White Stripes have recorded his stuff. Don is a real original.