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

Yé-yé #4


Chantal Goya

4 comments :

Vanwall said...

She was pretty good, and I had a bit of boyhood crush from a picture of her in a French magazine at the library. I REALLY like this one!

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks, Rob!

You'd be surprised how hard it was finding a photo of her online that wasn't a still from Masculin-Feminin (and this one looks like it might be . . . to those who haven't seen the film 500 times as I have . . . but it isn't). Sheesh.

The amazing thing is she still doesn't look bad after all these years. In fact, all them Ye-ye singers tend to age well.

Vanwall said...

Yeah, in France she's more famous as a children's song icon, than as a Ye-ye singer, I believe - would that we could all look as good as she still does. I always had a thing for dark haired girls, any way.

swac said...

I'm still trying to find her Tintin album...haven't come across one yet (but then I don't go scrounging in Quebec Goodwill stores often enough).