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

When Legends Gather #658


Nature Boy meets a Beach Boy: eden ahbez drops by a Brian Wilson SMiLE session.

8 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

A Gunslinger coup! Or has this picture been in every box set for the last 15 years?

swac said...

Lemme check my SMiLE box set and get back to you (I still haven't made my way through the whole thing...at least I didn't go for the autographed $600 version that lights up).

marietta said...

It hurts me deeply painfull, and tangent wenn i see him to day. thanks swac for the friendly sharing .

PCtag said...

Separated at birth: Brian Wilson & Kelly Osbourne.

Mikel J said...

What is the bearded gentleman holding?

swac said...

Looks kinda like a peace pipe.

swac said...

When I zoom in on the original, it looks like some sort of wooden rod with a seashell stuck to the end of it. Beyond that, I have no idea.

Timmy said...

Ya just never know...