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

Another Independence Day! Yaay!!

For those of you in Iraq and Afghanistan (and Guatemala and Cambodia and Colombia and East Timor and Nicaragua and Cuba and . . . ) who don't know nuthin' about our kinda Democracy and keep dragging your heels everytime we try to show you, this here is July the Fourth; the day in 1776 when our forefathers (the ones who owned property, anyway) declared us independent from the tyranny of British colonialism.

Big deal, you say? Well, as this 1819 oil painting by John Trumbull documents, it was a solemn occasion. But that doesn't prevent us in 2007 from celebrating our first birth of freedom . . . there was a second in 1865, and I keep waitin' for the third, but there's no sign of it happening . . . with as much alcohol and fireworks, dammit, as the law lets us get away with.

Happy July 4th ever'body!


Brent McKee said...

Mr. Adams leave me alone!!

I shall commemorate the 4th of July (since as a Canadian I can't celebrate) by watching 1776 on TCM

Vanwall said...

The World Turned Upside Down.
Thank God for the French Navy and Dan'l Morgan. Hurrah! boys, Hurrah!