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

The Art of Jazz #25


Chris Connor Sings Lullabys of Birdland
(Bethlehem; 1953)

2 comments :

phyrephox said...

Wow that's an amazing cover. Just wanted to stop and give my appreciation for your site. I found it through the GreenCine links to your (wonderful) postings of the Hitchock/Truffaut tapes and have been avidly reading it since. Keep up the great work!

Tom Sutpen said...

Thank you very much.

We shall indeed soldier on!