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

Annals of Public Performance #38

Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil, Glastonbury, UK, 1985.


PMMF Custodian said...

Saw this MO live in the early '90s at a club in Houston, Texas, and to this day I'll never forget how mesmerizing it was watch this 7-foot-tall whirling dervish of a man perform. One of the best shows I've ever seen.

stu said...

Believe it or not, he's now a minister in the Australian government

swac said...

My Australian friends tell me they wish he'd stuck with music (but I'm sure he's preferable to Sonny Bono).

marietta said...

Also i like erasure too-.
but this was sans egal.powerful,
pleasant ful of talent, and a nice
little flaky until the beds in fire.

stu said...

Def preferable to Sonny Bono haha but your Aussie friends are right, he should have stayed in music