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

When Legends Gather #50


Portland Hoffa, Jack Benny, Fred Allen and Mary Livingston

3 comments :

swac said...

A 10-disc set of Jack Benny programs has been my constant companion in the car for the past little while. Most notable is one episode guest starring Orson Welles (which I noted in this space a while back) and I haven't got to disc 10, which includes both a Bob Hope and a Bing Crosby episode. On the way there, I still have Peter Lorre and James Stewart to listen to, I'm in no rush.

"Allen hates to fly...the airlines make him pay extra luggage handling fees for the bags under his eyes."

Ivan G. said...

March 14, 1937, The Hotel Pierre, NYC--"The Battle of the Century". One of my favorite photos, which spotlights both my comedy heroes. Thanks, Tom...

(By the way, Stephen--the duet between brothers Bob and Bing on the Crosby broadcast is sensational.)

"Benny was born ignorant and he's been losing ground ever since..." --Fred Allen

swac said...

I have that vinyl box set on Radiola of Benny-Allen feud highlights...'bout time I converted that to CD...