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

In the Studio #21

Van Dyke Parks


estiv said...

Proof that being eccentric doesn't necessarily mean you're irrelevant to the world at large.

Tommy O'C said...

AKA Little Tommy Manacotti from "The Honeymooners."

laamish said...

Ahhh! Just saw him last week jamming with Dan Hicks.
What an artist! Would have made a good before & after.

Chris said...


Bwca Brownie said...

'Rosecrans Blvd ... stop your calling me.
You know I didn't love her anyway.'

It was a big year when Randy Newman, Frank Zappa's Mothers, and Parks all hit me at once.