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 #103


Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett

2 comments :

swac said...

Okay, that's weird...I was watching a tape of The Two Ronnies this week! I couldn't believe how much of that stuff went over my head as a kid (although their double entendre style was brutally skewered by Not the Nine O'Clock News).

And a friend of mine just got a UK DVD box set (10 discs!) of Ronnie Barker's solo work in shows like Porridge and Open All Night.

Let the Ronnies Renaissance begin!

Ivan G. said...

I want that box set. This demand is non-negotiable.