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 #452


Bobbie Gentry and Bobby Darin

6 comments :

42nd Street Memories said...

This may be from the premiere of Doctor Dolittle in December 1967 at the Loew's State in NYC. Jerry the K.

SomeNYGuy said...

I can't help thinking of the cast of Crossfire: Bob Mitchum, Bob Ryan, Bob Young...

Richard Gibson said...

So nice to see Bobbie Gentry.

edo said...

I love Bobbie

R.H. said...

Bobby Darin was the greatest. How sad to see him wearing such a cheap rug.

El Prezidente said...

Great people don't sing crap like "Splish Splash."