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

Before and After #203: Phil Ochs




Timmy said...

He aint matchin' no more.

swac said...

BTW, a new Ochs live recording has been issued, recorded at the first Greenpeace benefit in Vancouver in 1970. It's Ochs, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, and Ochs sounds great (haven't got to the second CD, which is Joni's set, yet) although I think he makes a disparaging remark about the Canadian audience. He also does a fabulous version of Joe Hill.

vangoghsbanjo said...

Phil was liable to say anything. I admire that. Thanks for the tip on the new CD. It's jumped to the top of my "get it now" list.

Peter Nellhaus said...

50,000 Phil Ochs fans can't be wrong.