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

When Legends Gather #419

Donald O'Connor and Boris Karloff


Filmbo said...

Two wild and caraaazy guys!

P-Dub said...

I must know what this is from.

Tom Sutpen said...

In 1954, Karloff did a guest shot on O'Connor's television show (they did a musical number together . . . which I would kill to see). This was taken during a rehearsal.

swac said...

Would you settle for Karloff and Rosemary Clooney?