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

This Week's Hopper #5

Chop Suey (1929)


Rob said...

Interestingly, without the cloche hats, it is timeless. Now even those hats are coming back.


swac said...

Tell me about it...I live in an art college town, and those hats are everywhere. Although the gals who wear them also tend to wear handmade leg warmers, which is a bit of a weird juxtaposition. I don't know whether to black bottom or flashdance.

Ivan G. said... that Chet Baker tune that introduces the TCM movies is stuck in my head.