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 #383

Paul Desmond overshadows

(vast thanks to the inimitable Jeff Duncanson of Filmscreed for this image)


estiv said...

With Brubeck in the background.

I still miss Paul Desmond. I thought I was going to see him once on a reunion tour, but due to some confusion it turned out to be Dave and his sons instead. Great show, but it meant there was no laid-back alto god to explain, in music, what good music is.

swac said...

I interviewed Joe Morello once, according to him you could cut the tension in that combo with a knife.