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 #74

Ricky Nelson


Vanwall said...

His version of "Lonesome Town" - always liked it the best of all of his work.

Richard Gibson said...

Ricky - very underated.

Jeremy Richey said...

Extremely cool, I have been thinking a lot about Rick lately and posted a long tribute on my blog just this morning.
Great photo of one of the great ones...thanks for posting

swac said...

I have some amazing reissues of his early albums. There's such an effortless quality about his singing, and the James Burton guitar is just the icing on the cake. He sounds like he has nothing to prove, and the records just unfold with this kind of precision...that still sounds like rock and roll.