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

They Were Collaborators #498


Sydney Chaplin and Judy Holliday in the stage production of Bells Are Ringing.

2 comments :

swac said...

I played the Broadway soundtrack of Bells Are Ringing obsessively as a kid...do they even have answering services anymore?

Vanwall said...

Yes, they do. Usually after hours, used at businesses that provide services and need live bodies to handle calls, like where I work. One could set up a personal account, too, it just costs way more than a recording.