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

Artists in Action #366

Anita O'Day lets a song go out of her heart


SomeNYGuy said...

I'd say this would be equally appropriate for the "Cool Hall of Fame."

Mr DeBakey said...

Now there's someone with whom
I'd like to take the
A Train

swac said...

Anita O'Day keeps the doctor away!

slyboots2 said...

I just think that it's over the top cool that she is singing her heart out whilst dressed like a Sunday school teacher. Amazing lady!

Jacob said...

She's bad.... my pop's friend used to score hash with her overseas.... and then they would be over seas.