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 #254


Eddie Anderson, Red Skelton and Duke Ellington

4 comments :

swac said...

I'd love to know what they're singing...

Brent McKee said...

With Eddie's voice knowing is probably better than hearing.

Tom Sutpen said...

Oh, that's no fair. I've always liked his singing in Cabin in the Sky (granted, he's no Ethel Waters or Lena Horne . . . or Louis Armstrong. But still . . . ).

Now that I think of it, these three were in Vincente Minnelli's first two films (though not at the same time). Depending on when the photo was taken, Anderson and Ellington might have been giving Skelton the lowdown on what he could expect.

swac said...

I recently saw Man About Town with Jack Benny, and Anderson gets a couple of nice showcases. I wonder how many other films that feature his dancing need to be resurrected from the vaults.