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 #219

Lou Costello, Elvis Presley and Jane Russell


John McElwee said...

Tom, this is one amazing image!! I never knew Elvis and Lou Costello were photographed together ... and in color! Thanks for revealing such an amazing rarity. Your site is the absolute greatest!

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks, John. In the context of your blog (you've heard me rave about that before), them are valuable words indeed!

I've actually had this image on my harddrive for over a year. Dunno why I never posted it before. Glad I did, though.


swac said...

*insert wiseass Elvis Costello comment here*