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

When Legends Gather #4


Jack Pearl, Ruth Etting, Helen Morgan and Harry Richman

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

Might be nice to mention that this image came from RuthEtting.com

http://www.ruthetting.com/album/follies.asp

Anonymous said...

How about a clickable link!
Jack Pearl, Ruth Etting, Helen Morgan and Harry Richmond. The Stars of the 1931 Ziegfeld Follies

Anonymous said...

How about a clickable link!
Jack Pearl, Ruth Etting, Helen Morgan and Harry Richmond. The Stars of the 1931 Ziegfeld Follies

Anonymous said...

How about a clickable link!
Jack Pearl, Ruth Etting, Helen Morgan and Harry Richmond. The Stars of the 1931 Ziegfeld Follies

Tom Sutpen said...

Believe me, I'm not trying to be cheeky, but I don't think that's where I got this photo. Granted, I might have gotten it from someone who got it from someone who got it from there, but I'm almost positive I didn't. Unfortunately, these images are in the ether and their original source is almost impossible to divine (after all, where did RuthEtting.com get it? . . . you see, this could go on forever).

But I will do this:

This image, and no doubt many others featuring Ruth Etting, can be found at RuthEtting.com.

I hope that was helpful.