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

Relevant Quote #59

Prince Rainier III of Monaco died today. He was 81.
Here he is in 1956, making his purchase on the world's attention; marrying a motion picture actress.

"The actress gave up all her old dreams
And traded up, now she is a queen
Royal families don't have time for that shit
Your crystal ball, you keep it hid"
-- Mark Oliver Everett, Grace Kelly's Blues

1 comment :

Rob said...

They both got what they came for, I guess - She was ever so much more beautiful than the "Auld Monkey" - er, QE2 - or for that matter, any other monarch I can think of; He was a Prince - 'nuff said.