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 #355


Nelson Riddle, Eva Marie Saint and Paul Newman

3 comments :

SomeNYGuy said...

Was this the recording session for their hit album, "Songs for Swingin' Method Actors" or the follow-up, "In the Wee Small Hours of Lee Strasberg"?

Does a kinescope of "Our Town" exist, or an audio recording beyond Sinatra's "Love and Marriage"?

swac said...

It Might as Well Be Hitch?

Tommy O'C said...

I've seen clips of it during at least one Sinatra documentary but nothing more. If it does still exist (and it may very well), the Museum of Broadcasting in NYC would be a good place to contact. Some universities might also have a copy, perhaps UCLA or USC.