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 #640

Little Feat in 1974 featuring Lowell George for If Charlie Parker was...
Little Feat

4 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

The irreplaceable Lowell George. Without him, they were the Doobie Brothers.

estiv said...

Since I still miss Lowell, I guess I always will. His only solo album was great too, although the CD is one of those reissues where the structure of a carefully crafted suite of songs is marred by the bonus tracks being added at the end. But in terms of life's disasters, that's pretty small. I remember reading Jackson Browne's account of seeing Lowell's nine year old daughter at his funeral. That's not small.

Timmy said...

How is Ritchie Hayward faring?

Nasrudin said...

Saw them, during the "Dixie Chicken" era do a full show at a theater in the round, with a revolving stage. They were impossibly great (not yet devolving into the jazz fusion Billy Payne Experience) that was probably made necessary by Lowell's junknosity... ) and there was no way for anyone in the world to follow 'em... they were just exactly that great.

Then, the co-headliners came out: Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band, circa "Clear Spot," with Beefheart bouncing Rockette Morton around like a low yo-yo.... it was even better than Little Feat, until you thought about how great LF was... until you thought about how great Beefheart was... until....