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

Broadcasters #48


Ray Heatherton (aka The Merry Mailman)

5 comments :

swac said...

I used to have a 78 rpm disc of Ray singing his theme song (along with a bunch of other kids' 78s...still have a few of them). It still pops into my head from time to time. Wish I still had that one...

swac said...

Oh wait...I can hear the theme (from a really scratchy copy) here.

Wow...does that bring back a flood of memories.

R.H. said...

The kids look bored. But maybe it's conditionng for political debates.

Lex10 said...

Joey's dad, no?

swac said...

Yep!