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 #153: Ricky Nelson

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After

4 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

I'm reminded of Mark Maron's line: "Nobody has a good picture of themselves from the 70s."

Vanwall said...

Yeah, that includes my wedding picture, altho my off-white linen 3-piece summer-weight suit wasn't the reason - it was the badly-dressed brothers and friends surrounding me that did it in - I had a bad feeling about those robin's-egg blue disco-ish suits even then. And they could've worn ties, dammit, I did.

Kreisler said...

Don't think he'd of got the Rio Bravo part wearing that coat

Bryce Digdug said...

To quote Monte Rock III "My chiffon is wet!"