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 #88:
Duke Ellington




Vanwall said...

If only I had looked that damn good as a young man, and that damn good as I get older....

Cinebeats said...

Isn't he gorgeous? That top photo just knocks me off my feet, but he aged well too!

outof said...

Duke Ellington's Biography
... The Man of The Century.

outof said...

oh, sorry this is correct link

Tom Sutpen said...

Ha! I was planning an Ellington entry in this series but ye has gone ahead and trumped me, and very nicely at that. Smartly done!