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

Before and After #125: Ethel Merman




swac said...

I'll have to save the cover of her disco album for later...

Vanwall said...

Big girl even when.

Robert Fiore said...

Not a woman who had to worry about losing her career to fading beauty.

SomeNYGuy said...

Well, Jacqueline Susann certainly thought Ethel was hot stuff! Besides, who was it who said "If you want the girl next door, go next door!"

And yes, I bought her disco album when it was released. Done with great good humor, it's hilarious. And somewhere in the vaults I have the Columbia private pressing of "Everything's Coming Up [John V.] Lindsay."