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

Viceroys, Prophets and Hillbilly Cats #3

Eddie Cochran


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

i keep right on a-dreamin' and a-thinkin' to myself: when it all comes true man, wow, that's somethin' else

Richard said...

Still underrated, still underappreciated and still sounds wonderful. The man who taught UK guitarists how to rock.

Michael said...

He looks too tired to rock.

Kane said...

Twenty Flight Rock syndrome

Testify said...

Joe Brown tells a very good tale of Cochran showing him how to get that guitar sound when he was touring the UK with Gene Vincent.
Cochrans lyrics always astonish me, rhey are so articulate!(for example i told my congressman and he said,quote, I'd like to help you son but your to young to vote! That "he said,quote" bit gets me every time!) Perhaps only Chuck Berry wrote more lyrically adept R'n'R songs. Of coures sometimes I think Cochran's lyrical brilliance is why, even though I dig him (of course), he's not my favourite rockin' troubadour, just a bit too grammar school y'know.

erik hogstrom said...

That's a fantastic photo.