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

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #24

Spade Cooley (The King of Western Swing)


Testify said...

Surely Bob Wills was the King of Western Swing.

Tom Sutpen said...

It's an arguable point . . . and I'd probably agree with you . . . but Cooley billed himself as King of Western Swing (not too different from Paul Whiteman's being called King of Jazz); thus do I attach it to the caption.

It's not mean to imply an endorsement of the billing.

erik hogstrom said...

I had always loved his song "Crazy Cause I Love You." Then I read about his murderous rampage. The song became eerily creepy -- as if it was a warning.
I still like the song, though!

Vanwall said...

Inquisitor of Western Swing, maybe.

slyboots2 said...

Sir Stomp a Lot of Western Swing.

SomeNYGuy said...

You've got to love a guy whose first AND last names are racial slurs!