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

Artists in Action #462

Jack Benny appears to play the Violin while standing on one foot


Adam said...

Isn't he sat on a stool?

estiv said...

Yes, he's sitting on a stool, and his foot is resting on one of its legs. You can see the stool legs and a bit of the seat.

Cool pic. Is this from the Life magazine archive that just got put online?

Vanwall said...

Benny Tull

Brent McKee said...

With different boots he could be an aging Ashley MacIsaac. (Stephen will get this reference if no one else does.)

swac said... bet I'll get it. Ashley's guitarist was my roommate for a spell!