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

Artists in Action #231


Paul Anka knots his tie

Guest Contributor: Testify of Testify

4 comments :

shahn said...

...and also a great canadian of the 20th century.
there's a sweet little film about his early success at the nfb in toronto.

Richard Gibson said...

Great, relaxed, intimate photograph. Looks a little like a school tie.

Testify said...

It is, as you say Richard, a very relaxed photo, it was taken backstage at the Elephant & Castle Empire in 1957 by Harry Hammond.

Lex10 said...

Looky:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsS811o21-k