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 Heretofore Unmentioned #51


Todd Rundgren

10 comments :

VicDiesel said...

My hero! A great musician, and the best arranger in the whole of pop music. See his work on Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell, if nothing else.

moblabs said...

Nice nice, back when Todd was taking the song factory into new pop 60s dimensions, way way way before joining The Cars reunion band... "Hello It's Me" is my eternally atmospheric oldies radio tune overheard at the Upper West Side diner....

swac said...

Weird, I've been thinking about Todd lately, mostly because I've been watching Michael Mann's Crime Story series, and he was music supervisor on the show for a spell.

I've only got some Nazz on CD and a handful of LPs, I need to correct that oversight.

bunny said...

A Wizard, A True Star..

Robert Fiore said...

Something/Anything is one of the transcendent records of all time.

Kenmeer livermaile said...

We Gotta get you one too

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

moblabs: You make a good nazzy point re overhearing "Hello It's Me"

Mac said...

Ya lost me. For me, the image says it all: mouth-breather, the vacant stare (probably what prompted the attention-whore shades), the Gollum physique. The thinking man's Mark Hudson. "See Bat Out Of Hell if nothing else?" I much prefer the latter.

Richard Gibson said...

I have quite a few of the solo albums, can't say I have played them much but the Nazz - that's a different story.

it's just me....searching for hidden treasure said...

can we still be friends...