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 #36


Jack Benny and Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards
(Hollywood Revue of 1929, 1929)

3 comments :

Tom Sutpen said...

(shaking his fist)

Damn you, Cooke!

I HAD this photo ready for posting an' everything.

Well, as you're wont to point out . . . great minds, etc.

swac said...

He who hesitates is lost!

But you should look before you leap.

No wonder I never get anything done.

Rob said...

You guys ain't married or sumthin, are ya? Just that your, er, banter, is....uh, never mind. ;-) Keep up the good work, twins. (a more apt analogy)

BCNU