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

Housekeeping Matter #7: Visitors from the East

Just checking through the visitor data, as I'm wont to do from time to time, I've noticed a number of new visitors to this blog from Japan. Apparently this has been occasioned by a Japanese Chet Atkins Fansite linking itself to one of the "Relevant Quote" entries featuring ol' Chet and Skeeter Davis wearing native Japanese garb.

Listen . . . who am I to look a gift horse, etc.

I hereby welcome my visitors from the Empire of the Rising Sun.

Arrigato!

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