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 #447


Benny Goodman and Frank Sinatra

5 comments :

azfad said...

ha ha - brilliant photo.

erik hogstrom said...

I love that photo! Do you think Benny was really crooning? Would it have sounded better than Frankie on the clarinet?

SomeNYGuy said...

Benny sang passably on numerous records and in several movies (most notably THE GANG'S ALL HERE.)

Reedy as he looked at the time, I don't think Frankie could play any reed instruments. I believe he had rudimentary piano skills.

The Hi de Ho Blog said...

"What the fuck is that?" are the exact words by Benny Goodman while hearing females screaming during Frankie's appearance the night of the famous Paramount concert in December 1942...
This makes this picture funnier than ever!

oldman3785 said...

I don't about Benny Goodman but Frank Sinatra is not in this pic