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

Annals of Public Performance #22

Yoko and Sean at ArthurFest 2005
Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon perform at ArthurFest 2005.

10 comments :

Timmy said...

Is Sean that deaf?

Maureen said...

Always freaks me out when I see him in the street how much he looks like John, only Japanese.

MichaelRyerson said...

The pot of gold at the end of the groupie rainbow.

Gerard Saylor said...

I don't want to jump on the bandwagon but I gather her backing band broke up soon after.

Fred said...

My favorite Yoko Ono scene was in the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus. John and Yoko showed up with a supergroup backing band (the Dirty Vic) of Clapton on guitar, Keith on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums and a classical violinist. When Yoko started "singing" (term used loosely), John stood beaming at her, while Keith and Eric almost fell off the stage laughing.

STARTOONZ said...

It was "The Dirty Mac", and the look on violinist Ivry Gitlis while Yoko is wailing is priceless!

MichaelRyerson said...

All true but you've got to give her high marks for audacity.

keenast said...

Oh yes, Yoko Ono is a joke, right - but those posters with the oh so smart comments are what...real artists...or just dull, super conventional boring consumers? GEEZUS!

MichaelRyerson said...

yeah, a joke and a tragic, overreaching one at that. and you haven't the slightest idea what I may or may not be.

fatova mingus said...

Yoko wasn't even original, if you can believe that. She was imitating early 1900's Futurist composer Luigi Russolo. The first time I heard his "Macchina Tipografica" I thought it was her. It was brilliant in 1914. Just sort of annoying in 1971.

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