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 #410


Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross

5 comments :

Herb Levy said...

Cool picture. The only H in Jon Hendricks' name is capitalized, though.

shahn said...

thanks for this pic, i love this group. i had the good fortune last year to see the leacock/pennebaker film of lambert's (last?) recording session.

Tom Sutpen said...

Herb Levy:

Not to excuse myself too lightly, but you spelling monitors out there have gotta cut Yours Truly some slack. Most of the time I'm doing these blog entries, I'm either working on two days (or more) with no sleep, or I'm the proverbial three (or six) sheets to the wind, or both.

Last night 'twas both.

Under those conditions it's usually a miracle there aren't more typos and errors.

shahn:

Where did you see that film!?

VP81955 said...

The photo's as great visually as they were musically.

shahn said...

i saw that film as a part of a leacock/pennebaker mini-festival at the de young museum here in sf. we have great museums with extremely poor film programs. i can't even find this one listed in the on-line archives. the beautiful theatre at the de young just sits empty.