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

Before and After #151: Chet Baker




Kreisler said...

Bad luck Chet - bit of an Aunt Sally for the before and after isn't he?

richat said...

Man, Chet has to be one of the greatest slides in history. Some of the early photos show a man so handsome...he was almost pretty. Then...well time, and junk, took it's toll, didn't it?

erik hogstrom said...

William Claxton has died, age 80. He was the Pasadena, Calif., photographer who took so many of those iconic shots of Chet.