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 Art of the Gig #20


estiv said...

Oh man. Another world, now gone.

Timmy said...

Jack Greene was, at one time, another time, a pretty popular Country Western entertainer.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I forget who said it but Pearl Butler was once described as someone who looks like the head matron in a woman's prison.

And Timmy is right--Greene (aka "The Jolly Greene Giant") was extremely popular in his day. About the only hit of his played (if at all) nowadays is There Goes My Everything but he also took songs like All the Time, Statue of a Fool and You Are My Treasure to the top of the country music charts.

Gene Casey said...

Jack Greene was the drummer in Ernest Tubb's Texas Toubadours before striking gold with a solo career. GREAT voice.