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

Somethin' Strange

All day today . . . as though someone were throwing a switch in my skull, back and forth . . . I've had two pieces of music floating through my head: "Our Little Angel", the Elvis Costello recording, and Duke Ellington's composition "Cottontail" (the original; with Ben Webster's solo).

I can't help but think that if someone were to explain to me the link between these pieces it would go a long way toward unlocking the mysteries of my psyche.

Just a thought.

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