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

Joey Bishop dies at 89

Backstage with Sands manager Jack Entratter, Joey Bishop and friends wait for their cue.

Read the obituary here.

1 comment :

Brent McKee said...

Mark Evanier has a nice piece on the death of the last of the Rat Pack in which he explains that Dean, Sammy, and Frank together brought in the highest of the high rollers and increased the casino "drop" by a factor of 10. Mark apparently asked the casino guy he was talking to what they needed Joey Bishop for and the casino guy replied, "he pleased Frank."