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

When Legends Gather #535

Deanna Durbin and Judy Garland


vibrocount said...

So very unposed and natural... I'm certain they spent hours off camera doing just this.

estiv said...

There's a story that after Durbin left show biz and got married, one night Garland, after a triumphant performance in London, phoned her old friend and excitedly told her all about it. She gushed for several minutes while Durbin was silent. When Garland finally stopped, Durbin said, "Are you still in that asshole business?" Garland died at forty-six; Durbin is still alive at eighty-seven.

Kreisler said...

How old are they in this photo do you reckon?

estiv said...

How old are they in this photo do you reckon?

Well...this is probably a studio publicity shot. Garland looks younger than she did in The Wizard of Oz, which was 1939. According to Wikipedia, they made a movie together in 1936. So if not 1936, then very close to it. They both would have been about fourteen or fifteen.