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

Bandleaders #5

Leonard Bernstein

1 comment :

Fred said...

I know he may be one of the most controversial figures in post-war classical music (some loved him, others derided him as a hack), but I will always have fondness for Bernstein and his series of Saturday afternoon concerts for children. My mom dragged my brothers and me to a performance of Holst's The Planets and it turned me on to classical music, watching him conduct a full orchestra from front row center. I owe a great deal of my appreciation for classical music to those concerts in general, and that specific one.