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

Tommy Ramone Dead at 62

Erdelyi Tamas aka Thomas Erdelyi aka Tommy Ramone
(January 29th 1952 - July 11 2014)
Variety Obit here


Monte A. Melnick said...

Tommy was my dearest and oldest friend.
We grew up together in Forest Hills Queens New York.
I went to Stephen A Halsey Jr High and Forest Hills High school with him.
He got me to pick up the bass guitar and enter into the crazy world of rock music.
We played in several bands together (Triad & Butch) here in NYC over the late 60's and early 70's.
We built and managed Performance Studios in NYC, a recording/rehearsal studio the Ramones started in. I worked with him when he in the Ramones and well after he left.
He had an advanced musical foresight, well ahead of the times in forming and being part of the Ramones. He was a great musician on the guitar, then the drums, later on the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and many more instruments. His musical expanse bridged from Punk to Indie Bluegrass.
He will be
I mourn the passing of the last of the original Ramones, my friend and a true musical visionary.

Robert Fiore said...

Charlie Haden, too. There's a rhythm section for you.

WillyC said...

Thanks Monte, and thanks for all of your work promoting Ramones over the years.

marietta said...

to led zepelin die f-flöte am anfang zu "stairways to Haeven" rührt mich immer wieder zu tränen.

Nerdosupreme said...

Yes, thanks Monte Melnick for that nice post and for all your hard work in bringing the brilliance that was the Ramones to our world.

Small correction: Tommy Ramone was actually 65 (he shaved 3 years off his age in his bios):