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

Jesters of the Republic #34


Allan Sherman

1 comment :

Robert Fiore said...

My favorite anecdote from Sherman's autobiography, which you ought to read: Sherman and his partner brought the idea for the game show I've Got a Secret to Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, who agreed to produce it provided the creators sold all rights in their idea for $1 and jobs on the show. As these were the best terms they were going to get, they agreed. Years later, after it had been a top 10 prime time hit, Goodson-Todman sold the rights to the network (CBS as I recall) for something north of a million dollars. Sherman wired the producers, "Nice profit."