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 Cool Hall of Fame #183

Laura Nyro
Laura Nyro


Vanwall said...

That's a lovely shot of her.

westofthewest said...

Sassafras and moonshine. Stoned soul.

estiv said...

On Elvis Costello's interview show, he and Elton John spent a while talking about what a fantastic songwriter she was. Sir E said that she was a big influence on his own early work, by showing that instead of just following rules (e.g., verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge), it was valid to create a unique structure for each song.

Peter Nellhaus said...

And still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!!

Timmy said...

All on board the poverty train ~

Fred said...

Hide your heart girl.