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

Seminal Image #453

The Girl Can't Help It
(Frank Tashlin, 1956)


Simon Thibault said...

how much do i LOOOOVE this movie..


Andy Rector said...

the monumental Abbey Lincoln,
who was tossed in the trash by little white men for saying: "mendacity".
The song could be the theme of today's affairs.
Tashlin was a very tall man who, too, was concerned about conditions of mendacity.

Tom Sutpen said...

Beautifully put. Her voice was a chilling siren's song, and I can think of few vocalists as fit to rouse terror in the vitals of all the right people simply by the way she made the word 'freedom' sound when she sang it.