Thursday, September 3, 2009

“A song is an intimation of immortality”

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.

Read more:

Eternal life of the song (WA Today)

comments: 1

Crritic! said...

I read the article this morning and thought of you, Michael. Funny.