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

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #34

Spike Jones


R.H. said...

I bought a jacket similar to that in a charity shop in Haight Ashbury (1998), it was made in Chicago, and boy it is bright! My Greyhound driver through Arizona wore one that was bright pink, I was expecting Liberace to hop on any minute.

swac said...

I used to have a Nova Scotia tartan blazer. Holy fire hazard.

estiv said...

Not everybody could pull off wearing a suit like that. Spike Jones is one of the people who couldn't, and that's why he's having so much fun.