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

They Were Collaborators #340

The Benny Goodman Trio (Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa)

Guest Contributor: Shahn of six martinis and the seventh art


swac said...

I was in Manny's Music Store in Manhattan this week, and there was an autographed photo of Goodman and Krupa behind the till, autographed to Manny himself. Along with similarly inscribed photos from Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, the Kinks, Louis Jordan (an astonishing non-smiling shot I'd never seen before), T-Bone Walker, Loog Oldham-era Rolling Stones, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Keith Moon, the Ramones, Chet Atkins and so on...well, it was enough to make a music lover a little misty eyed.

shahn said...

wish i'd known about manny's when i was in nyc last month. i'da been drooling.