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

A Happy New Year to All Our Readers


As we begin to wrap up the first decade of the twenty-first century, we here at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . would like to take a moment and wish all those who visit us every bit of the best for the new year. 2008 could not have ended on a worse note for me personally, but it was an astonishing year for this blog; and that is as much your doing as it is ours. So please accept our good tidings, friends, neighbors and fellow bloggers; you've earned them several times over.

14 comments :

loulou said...

Just kick 2008 in the ass on it;s way out the door!

Tom Sutpen said...

Well, said Loulou . . . a beautiful, tender and wild new year to you and yours!

PIGNOUF said...

Bonne année 2009 à toute l'équipe...:)

Sam said...

Happy New Year to you, Tom. I'm glad that everything is okay for you personally for you to be able to keep posting. Keep up the good work, ol' friend. Cheers!

tony said...

Happy New Year Tom. Bestest Wishes To You + Yours.

Mick said...

Sorry for your troubles, Tom. I hope the New Year brings better.

Hans Gruber said...

¡Qué tengan un año de la puta madre!

estiv said...

Sorry to hear about your loss, Tom. Thanks again for all you do here--it's one of my favorite spots on the Web. If I left a comment on every post that I like, I'd be busy for an hour every day.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Happy New Year, amigo. Keep your chin up!

Vanwall said...

Happy New (and better) Year, Tom, Richard, Kimberly, and Stephen! This little slice of heaven and genius of a blog is better than ever, if such a thing is possible -keep up the good work.

R.H. said...

Genius Blog.

Damn right.

Ryland Walker Knight said...

Hey, Tom, I hope your 2009 picks up steam and continues continues continues to speed away into goodness. Cling to the good, dogg, and maybe, just maybe, we can turn vomit into singing.

Does that even make sense? I hope/trust it does.

Julie said...

Tom, I hope you're okay, whatever is wrong. Your blog makes me very happy! Best wishes into 2009. xoxo Julie

erik hogstrom said...

Happy New Year! May the Gunslinger never lay down the guns!