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 #436


John Ford and Frank Sinatra

7 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

A funeral?

swac said...

Spencer Tracy's, methinks.

Tom Sutpen said...

You are correct, sir!

Richard Gibson said...

How the devil did you know that Stephen?

swac said...

I read it some where...













....via Google, of course. (The other pallbearers included James Stewart, Stanley Kramer, George Cukor and Garson Kanin.)

Tom Sutpen said...

I believe that was the venue for the legendary incident with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy's widow; wherein Hepburn reportedly introduced herself and Mrs. Tracy reportedly said "But I thought you were just a rumor."

swac said...

Makes sense.