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 Present Day Composer #75

George Alexander Aberle (aka eden ahbez)


erik hogstrom said...

Eden Ahbez's story is so fascinating. He was so far ahead (or was it behind?) of his times.
He slept under an "L" of the Hollywood sign. That's my favorite part of the story.

Jessica R. said...

How timely, my siter linked to a YouTube clip of Nat King Cole singing Nature Boy yesterday. It's such a haunting and lovely song, and I'd never heard Nat's version, just wonderful.

Testify said...

Although Nat's version is THE version (for my money) the version on the CD issue of Big Stars third features Alex Chilton on vocals and photographer William Eggleston on piano. At one point in the song Chilton audibly knocks over Egglestons walking stick and gets a little giggly.

Bruno Leicht said...

Was it the right or the left "L"? -- Just a question ... Sammy Davis, jr. did a very comical impersonation of that torch's orchestral version life on stage. It's good for a hearty laugh.

Brian Chidester said...

Where did this photo come from?