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

Adventures in American Filmmaking #118


Today's Adventure: At an MGM rehearsal facility during the production of Elvis: That's the Way It Is, Denis Sanders explains the finer points of documentary filmmaking technique to an out-to-lunch Elvis Presley, while TCB stalwarts James Burton and John Wilkinson wait patiently (1969)

6 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

I love TCB, and how he had it on his planes and what not.

swac said...

Burton looks too cool for school here, which of course he was.

Jeremy Richey said...

God that band Elvis assembled was/is amazing. This is one of those concert films I never tire of...the perfect combination of singer, band and material.

Andy Joe said...

"A little less conversation, a little more action please. All this aggravation aint satisfactioning me."

Fred said...

swac, Burton is such an awesome guitarist that Fender gave him the ultimate honor of putting out a Custom Shop Telecaster modeled to his specifications. My kids have become huge Elvis fans after we made a pilgrimage to Graceland last summer (yes, it is hyper commercialized but...IT'S ELVIS!), and we never tire of watching Elvis movies and concert films. "out-to-lunch" or "too cool for school", you make the call.

swac said...

My comment wasn't meant to demean Burton, I've been in awe of him for years. Even went to a John Denver show just to hear him once. Sadly, missed the chance to hear him play with Jerry Lee Lewis though.