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 #557

Bobbie Gentry wears a Dentist's smock . . . and looks damn good in it.


Tommy O'C said...

Yes. She'd look damn good wearing a potato sack.

Fernando said...

Oh, Bobbie! I wish this woman was more well-known than she seems to be in the pop culture consciousness. "Ode To Billy Joe" is still as powerful as ever, a haunting and flawless piece of sui generis Southern Gothic. I confess, I'm not terribly familiar with anything she did after that album (wasn't she hooked up with Glen Campbell at one point?) but still, what a lady.

Christopher said...

oh yeah...Ode To Billy Joe used give me the a good way..a true southern gothic..Whenever I hear it now,I'm transported back to those times it came wafting over the airwaves like a phantom..

peterrocker said...

Ode To Billy Joe was made into a great little movie & gave a good "explanation" as to why he jumped of the Tallahatchie Bridge.
Bobbie did indeed have a couple of real big hits dueting with Glen Campbell but then married a millionaire & retired.