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

When Legends Gather #503


Red Foley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Minnie Pearl and Hank Williams

7 comments :

Testify said...

Pah! I had this image up my sleeve for the next time you threw open the floor!

Bill Crider said...

I don't know the date of the photo, but Little Jimmy Dickens is still performing. He was in Houston on Valentine's day.

Testify said...

It was taken in Germany in 1949. Hank,Minnie Pearl Red Foley and Little Jimmy Dickens were there entertaining US troops.

erik hogstrom said...

Little Jimmy Dickens! "Take a Cold 'tater and wait!"

estiv said...

Wow. And in Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? I learned that Hank dated one of Maybelle Carter's daughters (Helen or Anita--it wasn't June). In those days the country music stars really were like an extended family.

Tommy O'C said...

Some folks call it inbreeding.

Testify said...

To be fair, Tommy, Hank wasn't actually a blood relative of the Carters