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

The Cool Hall of Fame #201


Jack Nitzsche

4 comments :

Curtis said...

Great musician who really went off the deep-end with that Carrie Snodgrass/Neil Young incident....

justjack said...

Specs!

A marvelous, marvelous arranger. I always thought of him as the man who made Phil Spector's wall of sound concept into a reality.

Specs produced the Paris Sisters' album, a true 60's sunshine pop masterpiece (see Art Of Pop #50). He also was involved with two of my very favorite girlgroup sides, producing Lesley Gore's "What Am I Gonna Do With You," and cowriting The Cake's "Baby That's Me."

estiv said...

...that Carrie Snodgrass/Neil Young incident....

It was even weirder than that. It was after Snodgress and Young had split up -- she was in bed with Paul Williams, writer of schlock-rock songs and "comic actor." Only in Hollywood...

Testify said...

I like his work with Bob Lind.