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

They Were Collaborators #84

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy


Vanwall said...

The watch-checking scene with the milk is still my fave. I remember looking across the street one day in LA, and realizing the piano moving masterpiece was filmed on the steps across the way.


Ivan G. said...

This is one of my favorite photos of "the boys." I used to have a kind of sepia-toned postcard with this image, but I'll be damned if I know what I did with it.

Hans said...

In German: "Dick und Doof"

Mike Mercury said...

My brother and I holidayed in LA in 2002, and deliberately set out to find the MUSIC BOX steps. Happily, we sure did!

As luck would have it, our little venture coincided with dustbin collection day, and we had to drag several of the bins away from the bottom of the steps in order to take our shots.

Must've taken two dozen photos up and down it. We bored our friends silly with our holiday snaps, but to us, it was like finding the Holy Grail...