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 Cool Hall of Fame #81

Charley Chase


Joe said...

If Charley Chase had been in baseball, he would have been called a five-tool player: actor, director, writer, dancer, singer. Unfortunately, he was also a drinker who died at 47. Thank you for remembering a great comic.

Joe Thompson ;0)

homesteader said...

I cannot praise this man enough. His pre-1929 work ranks with the very best.

Tommie Hicks

swac said...

Anyone know where I can get a copy of Limousine Love?

That and Pass the Gravy are on my most wanted comedy shorts list...