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 #242

Elvis Presley, Tennessee Williams, Col. Tom Parker, Laurence Harvey and Hal Wallis


swac said...

It took a while for that one to sink in.

Holy jumpin' heck!

Richard Gibson said...

That's quite a line up...

Jeremy Richey said...

Great shot,
Williams work Orpheus Descending (The Fugitive Kind) always reminds me of Elvis. In fact I think I have read that Williams had in mind for the film version which would have been fantastic.

Maxim de Winter said...

The look on Elvis' face! And Laurence Harvey's spotted it... as well he might. Superb.

Tom Sutpen said...

I hadn't noticed that dimension, but you may be right.

That is not a comfortable Hillbilly Cat!

But then, the year 1961 ushered in a good seven years of such discomfort for The King.