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

Jesters of the Empire #8

Charles Hawtrey


swac said...

Great photo! He's probably my favourite thing about the Carry Ons, Sid James admiration notwithstanding.

It bears noting that I knew who he was prior to hearing John Lennon's namecheck on Let It Be. Thanks for the reruns, CBC!

wzjn said...

I have to say that I admire someone who knows this gent. Being an avid Beatles fan, I never knew who Charles Hawtrey was and appreciate someone who does.

Always a great read on your blog!

Charles Hawtrey said...

I've been posting on Blogger for almost a year.

How strange to see myself on the Charlie Parker website.

I'm also sorry I drank myself to death . . . .

And typing while dead is damned difficult.

swac said...

Hi Charles! It's too bad Morrissey never got to interview you.

Richard Gibson said...

Hawtrey always made me smile in those Will Hay films.

swac said...

Hmmm...I only have the Hawtrey-less Hay films Oh Mr. Porter and Convict 99. Guess I'll have to augment the collection.