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

Before and After #23:
Yakima Canutt




Brent McKee said...

The greatest stuntman and stunt coordinator ever. Everything that people are doing today is merely variation on what Yak did 80 years ago.

Grant said...

Keep on riding, Yak.

Pip said...

Yak and his wife were family friends. In the early 70's I had the honor of being shown his den with the saddle he won as a rodeo star in his early days, and photographs of him with, I think it was Gregory Peck, in the jungles of Africa where they were shoting a movie. Yak told me about the stunt work in Gone With The Wind and how he drove the wagon across the burning backlot of the studio as they filmed that famous burning of Atlanta scene, and how he stunt doubled for John Wayne and did the famous scene in Stage Coach. He was very humble about it all... Yak had two handsome sons and I remember him telling me that one of his sons doubled for Charlton Heston in a lot of movies and was the chariot driver in the chariot race where it lept over another crashed chariot. Apparently that was not planned. His saddle can now be seen in the Western Museum in Burbank/Glendale CA, built by Gene Autry. It is a wonderful museum, and Yak was a wonderful man!!!