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

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The Cochran Brothers


Testify said...

Not really brothers y'know.
Funnily enough I was listening to Eddie Cochran for the first time in ages yesterday.
I think Eddie Cochran, and Chuck Berry, did more than anyone to establish (and expand) the vocabulary of rock n roll.Who else but Eddie at that time was writing of Senators or Nervous Breakdowns?
Eddie's songs are full of a poor boy's longing for America's post war consumer cornocopia, fetishing cars in particular, that the songs characters yearn for but never quite attain.(in Something Else, for example, when the songs hero gets the car and the girl Cochran takes the time to point out that the car isn't the model he was originally wanting)No wonder he was so popular in ration weary Britain.
Thats without even mentioning his unique guitar style.
Dead at 21!Who knows what he could've done, because really he was only just getting started.
Hank Cochran is a fine songwriter too.Although most often associated with country music I recomend, checking out Timi Yuro's version of Make The World Go Away (which apparently caused Ray Price to rerecord his version so it was more like hers) and Betty Swann's take on Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me).

RIO said...

Eddie sings like he's been up all night drinking and chain-smoking, and I love it! :)