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

They Were Collaborators #534


The Swingle Singers

6 comments :

grumpyg said...

I'm sorry, there is something intrinsically sad about this picture. can't put my finger on it, but yeah, sad...

Tom Sutpen said...

How is it sad? Not saying you're wrong; just that I don't quite see it.

The Real Mike Is Back said...

I'm lucky to own "Place Vendome" with the Swingles and the MJQ. On that cover, they all look so happy, sort of like this picture!

Tommy O'C said...

They have their own web site and a lengthy Wikipedia entry that has them still going strong after forty years. I'd be happy, too.

The Real Mike Is Back said...

Ward is definitely alive and living in France. There is, however, a second version of them. The first group seen here "retired" in the mid-70s.

Chris said...

My second comment on your blog. Again I find something that most people wouldn't be aware of. Unbelievable but I used to listen to this group in high school! Great pic.

Chris