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

From The Devil's Dictionary #5


DEBAUCHEE,
n. One who has so earnestly pursued pleasure that he has had the misfortune to overtake it.
-- Ambrose Bierce

5 comments :

asleep said...

Curiosity: Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Mickey Dolenz, Keith Moon. Can someone identify the others in the frame? Is the seated figure on lower left Hoyt Axton?

mister muleboy said...

Does not look like Hoyt Axton to me; looks like a different wide-faced, jowly fellow.

Too many dead guys in that photo . . . .

I notice debauchery. And booze. Which did in the two dead guys (conveniently holding a drink to help the young identify the dead).

Ambrose, kudos to you!

said...

Tuli, I'd expect to see you here...

John said...

Poor Harry hurt his knee and all everyone can do is laugh.

Bob DuCharme said...

A lot of drummers in that picture.