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

Before and After #184: Fred Astaire




Christopher said...

yay!..hes the MAN!

Timmy said...

He should have stayed looking like a girl.

Gloria said...

In the first picture, he looks like Peter Pan... But it is actually in the second that he FLIES!

VP81955 said...

Sunday is the 110th anniversary of his birth...a phenomenal dancer and underrated singer (think of all the standards he introduced).

Christopher said...

I've often prefered his casual "nothing special"way of tossing off the great old numbers more than more than noted singers

Camille said...

It is surprising he is wearing pointe shoes in the first picture, as they are more often than not reserved to women.