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 Present Day Composer #43


Jerome Solon Felder (aka Doc Pomus) (1925-1991)

4 comments :

huskermould said...

all I saw was the crutches with the 'composers' caption and knew it was Doc. Check out Lou Reed's 'Magic And Loss' CD. A lot of songs surround Doc's death. Lou would be proud of the nod given to Doc and the picture.

Tom Sutpen said...

Believe it or not, I was actually listening to Magic and Loss last night (utterly heart-rending); which gave me the idea for posting this photo. You simply can't overestimate the man's contribution to that eternally wondrous melding of Pop songwriting and R&B forms which lifted both musics that much higher into the realm of the ethereal.

Damn, but he wrote some good songs.

Richard Gibson said...

Ace records have just put out a new CD of Pomus and Shuman tracks.

homesteader said...

The image of the man playing the trumpet is mesmerising.

Tommie Hicks