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 #612

Gary Lewis and The Playboys


Peter Nellhaus said...

Every time I saw them on TV, my question was, "an accordion?".

ibsmartin said...

Pla Boys? Was there some sort of trademark issue going on?

Timmy said...

One of the better pop-oriented rock bands. Real pros.

anjisings said...

Just thinking the same thing... an accordion??? They had an accordion???
"this diamond ring..."


Yeah, man,... these guys were great! Some of the best pop songs during the mid-sixties. Also remember seeing him on TV in 1967 when his dad Jerry announced that he was shipping off into the army.