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 #202


Joan Baez

4 comments :

John said...

We sometimes forget just what a blazing star of sheer talent she was when she first "arrived" roughly half a century ago. She got a little self-righteous over the years with her political voice (not a mortal sin), but in the early 1960's her absolutely crystalline singing voice was a delight for the senses. Awfully pretty, too.

phil said...


And she's so cool Martin Luther King Jr. visited her when SHE was in jail.

Brooks said...

As a kid at Palo Alto high she refused to participate in the atom bomb drills because it was stupid.

swac said...

If you haven't heard her collaboration with Steve Earle, Day After Tomorrow, you really should give it a listen.