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

Before and After #76:
Lotte Lenya



Guest Contributor: Rob Carver


Richard Gibson said...

I can honestly say I've never heard of her, and that's why I like this site, always someone or something new to go off and have a search around.

In a Bond film, mentioned in 'Mack the Knife'...all new to me.

Brent McKee said...

No surprise she was mentioned in Mack The Knife - she was married to Kurt Weill (twice, the second one took) who worte it - and I think she was the first to sing the song. It was Louis Armstrong who actually added the line "look out for Miss Lotte Lenya" though.

swac said...

I love the Pabst film of The Threepenny Opera starring Ms. Lenya, a great performance (I even have an old Telefunken soundtrack LP). She says more with one lurid glance than most performers can with a full-on bump and grind.