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

American Dance Orchestras of the 1920s #2


Cora Youngblood Curson and Her Sextette (Chicago)

3 comments :

Rob said...

Any recordings?

BCNU

swac said...

To be honest, I don't know a damn thing about them, although someone once posted on a newsgroup that he was looking for info on his grandmother, who played piano in Chicago dance bands, and lo and behold there she was in my photo.

This is an original picture I picked up from a pile of movie memorabilia at a film convention in Syracuse (Cinefest, it starts next weekend...damn I wish I could go...you up for a road trip Mr. Sutpen?) for the grand sum of $5. The dealer didn't care much about it, because it wasn't movie-related (I guess he got it in a lot of stuff he bought) but it was just too cool to pass up. I really didn't know much else about it. It turns out I had the name spelled wrong (or it was wrong on the photo), her name is Cora Youngblood Corson, and there are a few entries on Google, if you looking there.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote, to my amazement:

This is an original picture I picked up from a pile of movie memorabilia at a film convention in Syracuse (Cinefest, it starts next weekend...damn I wish I could go...you up for a road trip Mr. Sutpen?)

*****
Wow. If you're serious, I might be able to do it. I've got sick time accrued, so it's possible. Only trouble is. I ain't gots a car at the moment.

I'll give it some thought and see how do-able it is.

Get back to me on this off-blog if you want.