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

Seminal Image #832

(Richard Lester; 1965)


estiv said...

Beautiful image. Another example of the Beatles' incredible luck was Richard Lester being the director of A Hard Day's Night and Help. He provided the perfect cinematic counterpart to the sound of their music circa 64-65: explicitly adventurous but still widely acceptable.

Vanwall said...

Help! had more deft humor and clever visual gags than most other comedies ever made, before or since - comedy on TV & film weren't the same after this one. The attack on the Salisbury Plain recording session isn't just a model for war films, it's hilarious! And what a cast!