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 #649

Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks
Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks


justjack said...

"Light the lamp and fire mellow
Cabinessence timely hello."

What a magnificent partnership, and o what could have been if Brian could have finished "Smile" back in '67. The psych pop movement could have gone in a very different way.

-vt- said...

A little belated happy birthday, Brian!

estiv said...

Wonderful photo.

estiv said...

To pick up on what justjack's comment: Have you seen the Grand Coulee working on the railroad?

marietta said...

And thanks Brian for the wonderful
"Pet Sounds"