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

The Heretofore Unmentioned #6

Art Pepper


Tom Sutpen said...

I was 90% certain I was gonna be sending you an 'I hate to tell you this, but . . . ' email, Stephen, as I thought Art Pepper had been mentioned on here at least once before.

Good thing I checked.

Excellent entry!

swac said...

Thanks Tom! I double and triple checked myself...I thought there might be a shot of him and Chet Baker, or an LP cover, or maybe a Great Junkies of the 20th Century entry...but nada!