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

The Present Day Composer #16


Raymond Scott (1908-1994) in his workshop with some of his toys.

4 comments :

Brent McKee said...

How many Looney Tunes cartoons would have been affected if Carl Stalling hadn't been able to use Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" in the score?

swac said...

Heck, that one with the gophers on the assembly line alone...

sleepybomb said...

kinda looks like the wreckroom . . . .

swac said...

There's a great story about Mark Mothersbaugh being invited to check out Scott's workshop after his death, and all this stuff was still in there, but a few more times over the amount. I guess some of the gear had fallen into disrepair (Scott was in failing health for a number of years before he died) and there was a mad scramble to save these one-of-a-kind instruments and recording devices.