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! #9

Original Caption:

New York -- Rudy Vallee, who at 75 is not the retiring type, relaxes backstage during a recent appearance at Copperfield's, a New York nightclub. Vallee, the 'Vagabond Lover' of the Prohibition era, started the Crooner generation with a Raccoon coat and a megaphone. The wavy-haired Yale graduate is credited with being the first popular singer to close his eyes while warbling love songs. In the early days of network radio, his "Heigh Ho, Everybody" was a trademark. In a week's run at the club, Vallee offered a two hour show with a 15-minute intermission. He sang, told jokes, showed slides of various highlights and high points in his career. He reportedly hopes to tour the country with his one man show. (1976)

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