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

Men of the West #34


Dean Martin

8 comments :

Mr said...

His redemption scene in Rio Bravo is one of the best scenes in movie history.

Jean Siskill said...

His performance in Rio Bravo is uniformly, amazingly good. Natural, real, present -- all those words that get thrown around are on display in that movie.

R.H. said...

Dean fooled everyone: Dean could act.

Timmy said...

Dino was one of my personal favourites. He could sing with an amazing composure of bent style he combined from Bing & The Mills Bros. Jim Morrison always thought of Dino as his vocal idol. His acting was suave & ever so slightly comedic. notice his performance in The Young Lions.

R.H. said...

Slightly comedic, that's it. Mr smooth -come whatever.

R.H. said...

I haven't seen much of that latest heart throb: George Clooney, but he seems to have adopted the style.

Tommy O'C said...

Reardon's "Break on Through" and Stephen Davis's "Jim Morrison" both credit Sinatra (and Elvis) as a big influence on Morrison. Davis recounts a story in which Sinatra supposedly heard Morrison on the radio, was aware that this rock 'n' roll [what expletive would Frank have use?] was supposedly trying to imitate him, and suggested that they arrange for Morrison to "have an accident." And they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Tommy O'C said...

And, of course, Dean was coolness personified. Yes, a very underrated actor (he made it look so easy) and a terrific singer (he made it look so easy). He was also, courtesy of his hardscrabble upbringing, a genuinely tough man, the type Frank pretended to be (with the help of bodyguards).

But you'd never know that Dean could really dish it out and take it 'cause he was so...cool...