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 #582


Harry Nilsson and John Lennon

9 comments :

rookgaroo said...

Time to dig out Pussy Cats and give it a long overdue listen.

Fred said...

Was this before or after the infamous bar incident?

Timmy said...

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swac said...

Possibly during.

I enjoy getting out Pussy Cats every now and then. It's kind of a drunken romp, but I love Harry's version of Many Rivers to Cross.

swac said...

Here's a surreal TV ad for Pussy Cats, narrated by Eddie "The Old Philosopher" Lawrence. Ye cats.

Christopher said...

.."People let me tell ya 'bout my beeeest friend.."

Tom Sutpen said...

Fred:

Impossible to say, since the photo is undated . . . added to which, there were many, many such 'bar incidents' during that year-long lost weekend. The other ones just didn't occur at high-profile venues with the press and half the pub crawlers of LA in attendance.

Spending a year with Harry Nilsson in the mid-70s did almost as much to shorten Lennon's life as Mark Chapman did (the fact that it took him five years to recover is no surprise). Only thing he coulda done to top it was marrying George Jones.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen:

That is one bizarre ad.

Not a complete surprise, however. I once heard a recording of Harry Nilsson on a radio show Flo & Eddie hosted in the mid 70s, waxing rhapsodic on Eddie Lawrence before going into his own extended 'Old Philosopher' rap. Talk about deranged . . .

Richard Gibson said...

Good photo.

I'm a fan of 'Pussy Cats', I also think The Walkmen's stab at the entire album is decent too. Well worth a listen.