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

Men of God #21


Roy Masters

4 comments :

archer said...

deep and brilliant

Andy 7 said...

"Every neurosis comes from your mother" - he had quite a rap.

archer said...

that's a very simplistic and/or disingenuous take.

he's still rapping and it's much deeper and more insightful about the human condition than one out-of-context quote might imply.

Tom Sutpen said...

Back in the early 90s, I used to listen to Roy Masters every day driving home from whatever sinkhole of a radio station I was working at (followed by Bob Larson's daily Satanism-fest . . . until he switched to politics and became a big bore). I heard him say things very much like what Andy 7 is quoting many many times.

Which is not to say that Roy Masters isn't brilliant, I hasten to add.

(I still do a killer imitation of him, too, but nobody knows who the hell he is!)