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

They Were Collaborators #547

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs


MichaelRyerson said...

Stumbled through your door about two weeks ago on a day pass from Google looking for a photo of a long ago Hollywood player. Never found the photo (her name was only referenced in a photo caption) but stayed on to read the blog. The whole thing! Like potato chips! Took about two hours a day for two weeks. And now I've come back to the current page with a lot of time suddenly on my hands. Wonderful stuff, love it all. Have made you my home page so I'll be looking in on a daily basis. Congratulations. Nice work.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

IMO, everyone should watch Earl & Baez play Dylan music in Joan’s living room at least once.

estiv said...

What a wonderful photo of wonderful musicians. Love the matching red-white-and-blue outfits.

Tommy O'C said...

I've never seen them that young.