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 #111: Clint Eastwood

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After

2 comments :

Mazur said...

Hey Tom.
I was hoping to ask your permission in starting a Before and After series for Transmissions From Wintermute in which I'd upload music by a musician, and then post them rerecording the same song later in their career. I'd give you credit for the Gunslinger inspired idea, of course.

Thanks, and great work as always.

Tom Sutpen said...

You may, you may indeed. Anyone inspired by anything we do here is welcome to use whatever they wish. Personally, I love it. I consider it the only real tribute anyone could pay to this blog; and I never ask that we be credited.

So, yes, go forth and do what thou will, with all blessings.

Thanks!