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

The Art of Jazz #10


Bix and Tram, Bix Beiderbecke with Frankie Trumbauer's Orchestra, 1947 (artwork by Jim Flora)

5 comments :

Sarah Squared said...

Looks like a quiz blog! How cool! Or it seems to look like that... i don't know much about music etc...
Nice blog to come across though... a pleasant visit


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Tom Sutpen said...

Sarah wrote:

Looks like a quiz blog! How cool! Or it seems to look like that... i don't know much about music etc...
Nice blog to come across though... a pleasant visit

*****
Not a quiz blog, or anything like it. Just relax, read and think about the images. It's easy as that.

I'm sure I speak for Monsieur Cooke when I thank you for the kind words.

Y'all come back now, y'hear!

swac said...

Hi Sarah! Are you really from Thunder Bay? I had a roommate from there once. I hear the lutkefisk there is to die for.

As Tom says, there is no test, you are not required to fill in any blanks other than the comment form, this will not go down on your permanent record. Enjoy the images, and check out some of the works described herein.

Went to Squishydirt...I guess you're still in the early stages. I'll check it out again later.

Rob said...

What a great cover! It's right up there with "Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers"! Thanks for posting it!

BCNU

swac said...

Flora was an in-house artist at Columbia in the late '40s and into the '50s, and this is one of his many fine album covers. I'm sure more will surface in this series in coming weeks...