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

Mop Tops in Action #37

John wonders how he got saddled with that hopeless middlebrow over in the corner.


Tim said...

Hard to believe they recorded Strawberry Fields / Penny Lane and Sgt Pepper's on that archaic old 4 track console... but they somehow did.

Christopher said...

...calling Quatermass!

Iain said...

He is thinking I can't believe those GD emi engineers have been hoarding that new 12 track console in the basement. I'll get them next album will be mostly acoustic.

If you buy the book The Complete Beatles Recoding Session it documents what they did in the studio every day. It is amazing. They worked very hard.

Tommy O'C said...

Not hard to believe. Sir George--yes, he was knighted by the Queen--has been called the "ideal" producer for the Beatles' work, whatever his "headmaster" leanings.

Monique said...

Hard to believe that so much joyous and breathtaking music by the Beatles originated in such an austere and clinical environment.