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 #67

Jerry Blavat (The Geator with the Heater)


Ann oDyne said...

my cultural frame-of-reference rarely fails me here, but this time, ya got me. must guugle now ...

Ann oDyne said...

oh I should have known doo-wop.

"He ended up broadcasting all night long during a blizzard in Philadelphia, playing rock 'n' roll records from his own collection until his replacement showed up at 6 am."

Mike H. said...

Definitely in the top 100 of Famous Philadelphians. Thanks for adding!