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

Before and After #237: Paul McCartney




estiv said...

Nice touch to include the bass in both photos so that we can see the continuity in something besides the facial features. Although interestingly it's a slightly different model -- the rear pickup is closer to the bridge on the newer one.

Fernando said...

He's still pretty darn cute, and I say that as a straight man, so you know I must mean it. I was just listening to Paul's 2005 record 'Chaos and Creation in the Backyard,' a fleet and lively album, and a real underrated gem in my opinion. People always give his solo stuff a bad rap (deserved, in many cases) but the fellow knows how write a killer pop song.

Gwyllm said...

Nice hair piece Paulie...

Tim said...

The "newer" bass is definitely not that new - it was the bass used on the last Beatles tour in '66.

Chaos & Creation is one the best post-Beatle records by any of the four. Amazing what Paul can achieve when he has someone telling him "no" once and awhile.

And Gwylim - if that's a hair piece, that is the worst hair piece going. You'd think a multi-multimillionaire like Paul might be able to afford a better hair piece than that if that were the case. Definitely *not* the case.