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

Mop Tops in Action #3


George points at John

7 comments :

estiv said...

"No, Johnnie, the chord's a B7!"

Trader said...

This thread will be hot, non doubt! ;)

Flickhead said...

Badfinger!

Tommy O'C said...

Is "the bird" the same signifier in the UK? Just wondering.

Tom Sutpen said...

That's a good question (one for which I don't have even a bad answer), though I would guess he only appears to be flipping the bird due to the fact that he's holding a guitar pick between his thumb and forefinger.

An unintended optical illusion, you might say.

Christopher said...

John,You're a bloody Tyrant!

Fred said...

This is the reason why I'm a proud owner of Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman (although I've never flipped the bird to a bandmate).