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

They Were Collaborators #33


The Goons, circa 1951 (Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers)

3 comments :

Ivan G. said...

"You silly, twisted boy, you..." Thanks for the picture, Tom--I really enjoyed this one.

Ivan G. said...

Well, don't I feel sheepish--I didn't notice that it was Stephen what posted the pic...I can only offer the most humblest of apologies.

swac said...

CBC used to run Goon Shows from time to time, and my local library had a few of the LPs, so I got indoctrinated early. Sometimes I feel bad for my American cousins who didn't have such easy access to some classic British comedy (beyond Python and Fawlty, that is) simply because there's no real outlet for it down there.