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

The Present Day Composer #68
Neal Hefti Dead at 85

Neal Hefti (1922-2008)

Words, as usual, fail me utterly; so I'll leave the task to one of the very few news sources that saw fit to mark this passing: The UK Telegraph


VicDiesel said...

After having played his arrangements in a big band, I was quite surprised to learn that he wrote the theme to Batman.

He clearly knew how to please both the audience and those in the know.

SomeNYGuy said...

A huge talent. He’d be remembered for the BATMAN and ODD COUPLE themes alone, but his work with Basie was positively monumental.

R.H. said...

I can see some Elvis in this bloke.

Peter L. Winkler said...

I enjoyed his film scores, particularly his score for Duel at Diablo.