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! #15

Original Caption:

New York -- Lovely Anna Maria Alberghetti, singing star of the Broadway musical "Carnival," and Rudy Vallee, star of "How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying," twist up a storm at Leone's restaurant during a party, March 5th, to celebrate Anna Maria's first year as a U.S. citizen. Although engaged in the latest dance craze with his beautiful partner, Rudy's stance is more suggestive of the Charleston. (1962)


swac said...

For a second there, I thought that was Leonard Cohen glowering in the background.

Larry Aydlette said...

That's just what I was thinking, too!

redspider said...

It's Marv Hamlisch.