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

In the Studio #24
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The Happiness Boys

2 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

Without benefit of Google:

"We two boys without a care
Entertain you folks out there
That's our hap-hap-happiness.

'If the silly things we do
Bring a little joy to you,
That's our hap-hap-happiness."

They were also I believe the original joy boys of radio, who sent electrons to and fro, a jingle later adopted by the famous Washington DC (that I Googled) DJs.

swac said...

Glad to know they're not completely forgotten. Of course later they became The Tasty Loafers when they switched sponsors. I still think their platter When Henry Ford Apologized to Me is one of the greatest bits of musical satire of all time.

Now if I could just find a decent photo of Flotsam & Jetsam...