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 #370


Leonard Bernstein and Glenn Gould

1 comment :

Mr DeBakey said...

In the late 70a, the CBC aired a TV series called "Cities"

Famous people gave you, the viewer, a guided tour of their home town.

We went to New York, Sydney, Leningrad, Stockholm, London...

The best one was Toronto
Not because there is anything special about Toronto.
It was because Glenn Gould was the Tour Guide.

He was Awesome!
A recluse,
an ecentric that hasn't left his house in 15 years,
turned loose in front of the camera,
showing off a city he hasn't seen before.
The whole thing just worked.

Studs Terkel in Chicago was good too.