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

They Were Collaborators #7


Bing Crosby and Orson Welles

(many thanks to Stephen Cooke for this image)

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

And if you actually want to hear what this sounds like, go immediately to http://www.kiddierecords.com. You can listen online or download it as a zip file (with the graphics, including a photo of Der Bingle and Orse together) and torture the young'uns. They feature a different classic kids record every week, and this week is almost up!

swac

Tom Sutpen said...

Just to add a few words to Stephen's encomium:

Welles & Crosby; dulcet tones abounding. Need I say anymore?

This record is not to be believed.