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

Mop Tops in Action #49


Paul McCartney fiddles around with an ancestor of the keytar, The Tubon, backstage at a gig in Germany.

For the curious, here's a clip of the Swedish-built instrument in action, used by Scandinavian musical comedy act Hasse & Tage, on the song What the Hell Are They Doing in the Bank After Three O'Clock?

4 comments :

swac said...

And I've checked with a couple of Beatles experts who say The Tubon never made it onto a Beatles recording. Maybe something by Wings?

marietta said...

No matter how,swac this is a very
sweet picture,like it.

Spiracle said...

Is that Swedish song a cover of Lonnie Donegan's 'Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)'?

swac said...

Well spotted, Spiracle! I was thinking the same thing. Similar melody, to be sure, but the song is apparently a satire complaining about banks closing early.