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

Welcome to Show Business! #8

Original Caption:

Beverly Hills -- A couple of "old timers", George Raft and Mae West, interrupt their talk about Hollywood to accommodate photographers at a gala 'Cocktails for Two' party, June 28. Movie, television, and recording stars joined business leaders in a return to the 1930's party hosted by Schenley Industries to introduce a new pre-mixed drink. Freddie Martin and Bob Crosby orchestras provided the music for the nostalgic extravaganza. (1977)


tatum said...

Amazingly, Raft and West died almost the same day. Mae on nov 22, 1980. George two days later, on nov 26, 1980.

Fred said...

I remember the "Cocktails for Two" pre-mixed drinks. They were absolutely God-awful!