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 an Item #80


Carole King and Gerry Goffin

5 comments :

Christopher said...

wrote some of the best songs for The Monkees

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

In eerily prescient fashion, I just noted earlier this week on another blog that once you become aware of it, you start seeing King's name everywhere. To my surprise I discovered she's credited on half the records in the entire world, give or take a bazillion. The factoid that i tumbled to earlier this week was that she & Goffin co-wrote the Animals' Don’t Bring Me Down. I mean, come on. Unless you were a huge Carole King fan (I haven't been) who'd a thunk THAT? And yeah, as Christopher noted, some -- i think perhaps all -- the best Monkees songs have King's name on it.

Testify said...

Goffin and King had a tortured relationship if their songs are anything to go eg: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss) (though I believe this latter song was inspired there live in babysitter's life...this babysitter went on to become Little Eva singing Goffin/Kings Locomotion).

Personally my favourite Monkees song are by Neil Diamond and Boyce/Hart (though I s'pose you could argue the latter is a Paul Revere and the Raiders song),

No disrepect intended to Goffin/King though, I love 'em too.

bobducharme said...

And of course, They Were Collaborators.

Tom Sutpen said...

They were an early 'Collaborators' entry.

Surprising how few photos of those two are around.