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

Artists in Action #527


Elvis Costello listens

5 comments :

Kreisler said...

Best thing you could hope to see is Elvis Costello doing'Dancing Queen' at Streatham Cat's Whiskers.

swac said...

Wish I'd seen him do Knowing Me, Knowing You during his Big Wheel of Songs show on Broadway.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

I think he really doesn't want to go to Chelsea

Michael said...

Best thing ever: I once stood about 10 feet behind him while he sand Van's song Domino during a private show.

VP81955 said...

Mr. Eclectic, trying to pass himself off as one of the new wave. Fortunately for all concerned, he was able to get beyond that; Costello's a gas.