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

Self Portrait #18
Son of a Preacherman #3

Vincent van Gogh


wally said...

of interest:

mister muleboy said...

SO glad you posted this.

This subject fascinates me, but my sieve-like brain has trouble holding onto the candidates for this series. I was really hoping others would drive it.

chained and perfumed said...

I'll post more if I come across or think of any.

swac said...

The first name that came to mind was Aretha Franklin, although she doesn't exactly match the first part of the the thread title. Anyone have a problem with parentheses?

chained and perfumed said...

As far as the ladies go, I was thinking Katy Perry---Aretha is a far better candidate.