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

The Cool Hall of Fame #164

Gene Krupa


Christopher said...

hey that Cats high!..."Drum boogie Drum really is a killer..."

estiv said...

I knew his nephew in elementary school, a fact which seems stranger now than it did then.

F.G. Marshall-Stacks said...

A Prince of percussion.

Chris said...

my dad told me of going to a jazz concert back
in the day where Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich
had one of their famous "drum battles"

he said Krupa came on first (to great applause)
and played an amazing drum solo. when he was
finished, Rich came out and played the exact
same solo, but with just one hand because he
was pretending to adjust his hi-hat the whole

Buddy was the better drummer but he was also
a prize asshole. Gene Krupa was the fan favorite.

this picture is fantastic! thanks for posting it.

Tommy O'C said...

Awesome photo.

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