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

Sex Education #21: The St. Patrick's Day Edition

Maureen O'Hara circa 1956

Anyone got a copy of this LP they're not using? Hmmm?


Tom Sutpen said...


Amazing find, Stephen.

I wasn't aware O'Hara had ever recorded. I'd give you a Standing-O if I could do so without getting woozy after 10 seconds (I've got an industrial-strength case of the flu, folks).

Good work!

Kerri Rachelle said...

You can borrow mine.

Sam said...

I got you beat, Tom. Pnumonia AND a fever. HAH!

Although, that cover may have cured me of anything I may have had...

Tom Sutpen said...


I'm sorry to hear that, Sam. I think I speak for Stephen as well when I say I hope you get well fast.

swac said...

Kerri...seriously? Don't be yankin' my chain drive about the vintage vinyl...

I'm kidding, of course. Anyone who likes Afghan Whigs and Chopin is alright in my books. (And thanks for linking us on your page!)

And to all the ailing friends out there...get thee to some Chinese hot and sour soup. It will cure anything. Don't make me mail you some echinacea. But otherwise, I recommend a treatment of Bushmills and redheads, and all will be well.

Rob said...

That shot makes her look like she coulda given Joi a run for her dough. What's she sound like?


Bob Keser said...

TOM said "I wasn't aware O'Hara had ever recorded."

Maureen the colleen also recorded an original cast album for her 1960 B'way musical "Christine". I used to have the LP... but then I used to have *lots* of things! (Luckily, the flu and pneumonia are among the things I don't have right now).