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 #70

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Dion DiMucci

6 comments :

Vanwall said...

Oh yeah, Dion and the Belmonts - "The Wanderer" and "Run Around Sue" - songs about sex that were that obvious were rarely played back then - even when I was a kid, I got the message from those two.

swac said...

Ever hear his orchestral version of Purple Haze?

The mind still reels.

Vanwall said...

Get out! Really? I must've missed that one - the search goes on.

Richard Gibson said...

That version is on the CD that this image comes from. I must admit it takes some getting used to not least because it is so different from the Hendrix version.

swac said...

It's all flutes and strings, not an electric guitar to be found.

Don't get me wrong, it's interesting, but still...

The Shamus said...

Dion lives near me. The man is still cool.