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

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #12


Jerry Lee Lewis

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Ah, The Killer. I'm sure you know that Swaggart, Jerry Lee and Mickey Gilley are cousins.

Brent McKee said...

Apparently Tom did since he posted the whoremongering Swaggart's picture as part of the "Great Conmen" series right after he posted Jerry Lee. I see Dennis Quaid's resemblance to "Killer" a lot more than I see Alec Baldwin's resemblance to Brother Swaggart though.

Richard Gibson said...

Saw the preview for 'Walk the line'. In it Johnny and June are in a car with Jerry Lee.

I'm getting ready to be very disappointed with this biopic. Doesn't look too inspiring if you ask me, but I could be pleasantly suprised.

swac said...

Joe Don Baker would have been perfect to play Swaggart...15 or so years ago.