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

Artists in Action #497

Miles smiles


Vladimir Estragon said...

This is the only picture I've ever seen of Miles smiling. It's shocking!

derby said...

i believe this is a photo taken by tom palumbo. he has a great gallery of miles shots. this is a terrific photograph.

Tommy O'C said...

It's so unexpected to see Miles Davis smiling (and without the accumulated mileage of his later years) that for a split-second I thought it was a very young Flip Wilson.

estiv said...

I've read that Miles was so resentful (understandably) of the phony and obsequious smiles of performers like Stepin Fetchit in his youth that he would veto the public release of any photo in which he himself smiled. His friends loved his smile, but the rest of us rarely got to see it.

Chris said...

amazing photo of the greatest man in jazz
for my two cents!!

Ann oDyne said...

even with 'the accumulated mileage of his later years' Mr Miles is the most handsome man of his profession, evah.