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

The Art of American Amusement #7

Sleeping Beauty's Castle
(Disneyland; 1955)


Piper said...

I'm 36 and Walt Disney still fascinates me. The animation, the design, the architecture, the bigness of the brand.

To see the insides of the rides and how they were built is just incredible. I'm sure all this is not healthy.

Vanwall said...

Heck, I'm older'n you and it also fascinates. It seems like I've been going there longer than you've been alive - Christ, I have! That's a bad sign. The evolution of the Park is fascinating in itself, as I've seen more than a few versions of Walt's concepts. Suddenly, I don't feel so well.

Piper said...

Fear not, I plan on going until the legs don't work anymore. And then I'll piggyback.

Although the Disney brand is a big one, I love it because of its commitment to excellence. The parks run like clockwork and whenever something breaks or breaksdown they rebuild it better than it was before. Not bad.