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

Artists in Action #641

Sandy Denny circa 1966
Sandy Denny circa 1966.

7 comments :

estiv said...

Beautiful, doomed, brilliant, bored. I assume that since she was English and the hand signals were different that she's not actually using her left hand to give the photographer the finger.

Fred said...

Either that or she's playing a suspended chord with an open tuning. I loved her work with Fairport Convention and after, and "Battle of Evermore" is one of my top five favorite Led Zep songs.

McK said...

It's a diminished chord, probably/possibly a D. Not open tuning.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

I always tried to forget that someone who was as beautiful and sang with such an angelic voice as S.D. could have the "problems" and suffer the death that she did.

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rj said...

So, what's your excuse now?

Tom Sutpen said...

Excuse for what?