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 American Fantasy #41

9 comments :

Christopher said...

ha....I had a plastic Beatle's wig when I was 6..

Gunter Weltschmerz said...

"there's beatles shirts and t-shirts and rings and one thing another,
to buy my daughter all of these things,
I had to sell her brother"
Alan Sherman, "I Hate the Beatles"

Maureen said...

Dig this new party fad! It's a gas! $3.50!! Oh yeah!

Timmy said...

Uh - I thought they were British...

Greg said...

Timmy, yes, but the promotion, product and ad are all American.

Timmy said...

I see. Sooooo, then Americans are daft.

estiv said...

Sooooo, then Americans are daft.

Now you got it!

Fred said...

I'm old enough to remember WMCA and back when they actually played music on AM radio!

STARTOONZ said...

Yeah, "The Good Guys" & Murray The K!