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

Self Portrait #6


Paul McCartney

10 comments :

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

It's easy to forget how freaking YOUNG they were when they were crafting this new-fangled sound, writing their own songs when virtually no other bands were, recording without overdubs, playing great live shows without the benefit of any sound monitors ...

Joseph "Jon" Lanthier said...

Ah, that look on Paul's face...that innocent, cocksure eyebrow. Anyone know what year this is circa (I'm guessing maybe '63?).

In a former life I did a music/text/montage/collage artpiece on Sir Paul, I believe it can still be viewed here.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Excellent video & soundtrack there, Jon. Thanks for the link.

Joseph "Jon" Lanthier said...

Thanks a bunch, "Who Am Us"! Always nice when I can dig something relevant out of the portfolio...

btw, Talking Heads are in my top 20 too, and I'm getting damn sick of defending them in conversation. Why can't people just put on Fear of Music, admit the genius and be done with it for Pete's sake?

Tommy O'C said...

Cool photo. Look's just like one posted on the Waxin' and Milkin' photo blog last November 16.

notanotherblog said...

I've never understood the crush for Paul that the masses had until I saw this photo.

Larry Aydlette said...

You should run the Kubrick self-portrait with this. Freaky how alike they are.

swac said...

Never in my life would I have imagined Talking Heads would need defending.

Cinebeats said...

It was taken in '62 and I'm afraid I've never heard of the Waxin' and Milkin blog. It must be a new photo blog on the block.

Kay said...

¿Este es Paul o el Faul?
Yo creo que esta foto está manipulada para que se parezca a Faul