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

When Legends Gather #470

Paul Simon and Lou Reed


neuroglyphix said...

i would love to know what they are talking about. it looks like a lukewarm argument.

unexpectedly perfect.
that's this blog in a nutshell.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Simon and Reed were together in the film Simon wrote, One Trick Pony. Just adding a little context here.

Mac said...

A damn great movie, too. Still criminally unavailable on DVD, I think.

But if they're about to come to blows here, my money's on the junkie over the shrimp, as always. (Gentile celebrity smackdowns aren't as easy a call, generally)

Lex10 said...

"you suck!"
"no- YOU suck!"

Tommy O'C said...

Yeah! Reed is calmly explaining, "I just think your music sucks, that's all."

And 'Simon says,' "I said your music sucks first, so it doesn't count."