Eccentric Van Dyke Parks finally reaches S.F.
SF Gate "I don't have the professional equipment. I maybe should have a manager or something like that. To be in show business, I hear you have to have a manager. So I'm not a professional in a way. Nor has it been my priority because, to me, applause is vapid. I'm so inured to the insult, but never to what it can mean. I've learned so much from the criticism I've gotten. My favorite is from back in 1968, some cute little reporter called me the Edsel of pop music. Isn't that great? Applause to me is like that - it's no real litmus as to what you're doing. Sometimes it doesn't even leave a paper trail. It's gone. It evaporates. That never had allure to me."