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 #50


Kirsty MacColl (1959-2000)

6 comments :

Chris said...

God, she was amazing. What a sad story.

erik hogstrom said...

"They Don't Know," "Innocence," "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis," "He's on the Beach," and more. Her list of great songs just goes on and on and on.

LDP said...

Great photo of an incredible talent. Can't believe she's been dead for seven years.

Brent McKee said...

Can I just make a small comment on the sign behind her: "Watiress Wanted People skills not necessary"? Haven't we all been to restaurants like that? And always been guilted into leaving a tip despite the fact that the waitress had no people skills?

swac said...

Words can't express the depth of my affection for Kirsty MacColl's music.

(The fact that I consider her version of Ray Davies' Days equal to the Kinks' original kinda says it all.)

Richard Gibson said...

Yes, very sad. She was great.