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

Broadcasters #60


Petey Greene

5 comments :

mister muleboy said...

As a Washington, D.C. guy who was in his pre-drivers-license days a rabid devotee of Petey's local telecasts, I can tell you that he truly was all that.

mister muleboy said...

I dropped a couple of commas there . . . .

R.H. said...

What is it, a PTA meeting?

Tommy O'C said...

What a coincidence. A PBS documentary about Petey Greene aired several nights ago. And "Talk to Me" has been popping up on cable.

Sam said...

Petey was everything I wanted to be in radio and still strive to be. I've come close, but I'll never replace a guy like that.