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

Viceroys, Prophets and Hillbilly Cats #18

Malcolm Yelvington

1 comment :

Bakhirun said...

Listening with gentle pleasure at 04:02 Thursday morning in East Jakarta. Even the mosquitoes are asleep.

The interview with poor ole Liberace was oh-so-revealing, particularly all that make-believe about marriage... skirting career-destroying insinuations in 1950s 'Murka.

"I've always had a great love affair... with the piano." Ten-inch pianist?

Those musical selections simply reek of innocence. Below of course the evil lays buried deep.