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 #610


John and Yoko create.

10 comments :

Fred said...

John and Yoko farming beef, raising protein quota.

Sometimes they make love and art inside the Dakota.

Has it really been 19 years?

Fred said...

No. It's actually been 29 years.

Greg said...

Hard to believe. In 2010 it will have been thirty years since that fateful day. I still remember it vividly and can't get my mind around the fact that it's been thirty years.

Maureen said...

I remember bursting into tears when I heard it on the radio and then going to work in a black leather skirt that day.

Greg said...

I remember listening to interviews with him on the radio all day.

Robert Fiore said...

The most fascination moment of the documentary Imagine is the scene where Al Capp visits the honeymoon couple during the Bed-In for Peace. And at the beginning Capp is giving a pretty good account of his side of the generation gap, but as he realizes that in Lennon he is dealing with an ego as great as his own that will not give an inch, Capp completely loses his composure, ending up calling Yoko "THAT THING!" Speaking, understand, of a woman who is sitting right there. You have never seen a man revealing the ugliness inside himself like that.

Chris Rywalt said...

Here's a link to a link to a clip from Imagine showing Al Capp meeting John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

esceezeroten said...

"That Thing" looks astonishly hot for 70-ish! Very few under a certain age have any idea who Al Capp was, but his sputtering tirade will define his memory.

Timmy said...

Or did Capp reveal the ugliness that was there? Imagine: Maureen in a black leather skirt... THAT'S entertainment!

chainedandperfumed said...

I'm going to go with the part where he brings that hippie who had been lurking in his garden into his house and serves him lunch as the most fascinating moment in Imagine but the Capp thing is probably a close second or third.