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 #574


Catch Us If You Can
(John Boorman; 1965)

3 comments :

Vanwall said...

As a film - nyeh. As an artifact - fascinating to watch.

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swac said...

I'd still like to see this and the two Herman's Hermits movies. Heck, and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, and It's Trad Dad and...it's kind of sad how few of these are readily available.

Vanwall said...

In the mid to late 70's those were pervasive on TV - they must've been way cheaper to run than the Beatles films. Catch Me If You Can was a favorite of my best friend - he couldn't get enough of it for some reason. Mop-tops and go-go boots, groovy, man. The era of the whole Swingin' 60s films phenomenon was replayed endlessly on TV a few years after it ended, and then suddenly, they just disappeared. There were some seriously bad pop groups from back then that cobbled together some abysmal cheap flicks. Blehhh.

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