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

Before and After #71:
John Cale




Testify said...

Y'know I think he looks bewtter after!

Brent McKee said...

I was going to say the same thing.

Jeremy Richey said...

Cale has been popular music's hidden greatest weapon for the past forty years. God, I love this guy so much and he has continued to get better looking as he has gotten older. I don't think I have ever seen that top photo...thanks for posting.
All Hail Cale...

Tom Sutpen said...

Hail Cale!

I defy anyone to listen to Vintage Violence or Paris 1919 and not become utterly absorbed in the man's brilliance.

Can't be done, I say.

swac said...

Great records indeed...I'm also a fan of later stuff like Music for a New Society, and his Reed reunion, Songs for Drella.

Seen him twice live too...utterly captivating in concert.

Jeremy Richey said...

The five year run Cale had between "Vintage Violence" and "Helen Of Troy" is one of the most remarkable in rock history. What's incredible is that he has continued to produce truly astonishing albums long after most of his contemporaries stopped being of any interest. 2002's "Hobo Sapiens" is one of his great works to my ears and his mosr recent live album "Circus" shows a man firing on all cylinders...truly possessed by genius.