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 Art of the Gig #13

(I guess this is when ol' George was actually turning up for his gigs)


Testify said...

Oh to have been there. I know we've got mobile phones and the inter web and more 'stuff' than, y'know, in the olden days but still I would've loved to see that show.

Tom Sutpen said...

Me two!

Stacia said...

Wow, Grandpa Jones. That's a name I haven't heard in years. I never understood the point of the running joke he did on "Hee Haw", the one where he'd tell people what he was having for dinner.