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

When Legends Gather #197

Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney talk shop with Howdy Doody and Gabby Hayes (filling in for Buffalo Bob, then recovering from his 1954 heart attack).


Anonymous said...

Hmmm....Stephen...SwaC City, ring a bell? This is Kerri. I used to have the blog "I DREAM OF CHOPPERS". I vanished, now I'm back, different blog. Just came across this one again. I was SO pleasantly surprised!! This one has always been a fave. Now I'm back into the routine of reading it while having my morning cappuccino! I'm linking to you guys. If that's a no-no, email me. Email me anyway!!

swac said...

We don't mind at all! Always nice to hear from the Show Me State. And great to hear from you again, Kerri, your new blog looks delicious.