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 #238: Stevie Wonder




Timmy said...

There are so many "after" sfots one could use here, that would portray the bulging, hairy, elderly Stevie... This should be called "before & during before".

Peter Yezukevich said...

I never knew Stevie's auto accident was so serious before checking out the history of that song. Thanks for posting that pic.

Tom Sutpen said...

I can only repeat what I've said before: The 'Before and After' series is not devoted to images of its subjects which range exclusively from youth to geezerhood, rather one point in their lives to another, however close or distant; thus, I hope, establishing in the visitor's mind the question 'Before and After what?'

Timmy said...


Michael said...

That tee-shirt is killer!