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 #446


Mai Zetterling, Danny Kaye, Yma Sumac and Julie Wilson confer at the 1954 premiere of Knock on Wood.

3 comments :

Vanwall said...

One interesting Director, one Comic Genius, one unmatchable Voice, and I dunno, is Julie shilling for the Widdahs & Norphans?

swac said...

Probably. She was big in the soaps, so she knows a good sob story.

Gerard Saylor said...

Is Ymac still alive? I believe she was performing into the 1990s.