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

This is the City . . . #14


Hollywood Blvd.

8 comments :

Christopher said...

Coffee Dan's..where hopes and dreams are discussed over endless cups of java..

swac said...

I could really use a trip to Coffee Dan's right about now...

Christopher said...

..next stop..Shwab's Drug Store for a pack of Cigarettes

Peter L. Winkler said...

That's a beautiful image. It would be nice if we could click on the images and get an save a larger, unedited original. Is his a copyrighted image?

Christopher said...

Its a very pretty ,colorful picture,yet a little sad.You can detect the modern decay beginning to take over..Gone are the days of eternal sunshine,open spaces,swimming pools,good health and Leatrice Joy!

Tommy O'C said...

It's a great photo. But if it were taken a later date, speaking of modern "decay," we could head over to the Whiskey or the Troubador and see The Doors.

Christopher said...

...I think the 60s might a livened things up a little.. :o)
"beware Joe Friday knocking on your door..."

Tommy O'C said...

Dum-da-dum-dum!