Van Dyke Parks, in an interview with an Australian newspaper:
“A song is an intimation of immortality, sometimes approached with piety, sometimes approached with vanity but generally the latter. Always feel that there is a reason to be doing this that survives that judgment call: an alternative something.”Parks is of course borrowing from William Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality.” Wordsworth is also a source for “Child Is Father of the Man,” from the Wilson–Parks collaboration SMiLE.
Van Dyke Parks is a speaker at the Big Sound 2009 music conference next week in Australia.
Eternal life of the song (WA Today)