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

Before and After #194: Lucille Ball




Keith Beach said...

The after picture of Lucille Ball is from a 60s special she did called 'Lucy in London'. The location is Osterley Park, close to Heathrow (which caused havoc with the filming apparently). The full story can be found @

The fascinating thing to me is that Phil Spector recorded the title song which is played over the Osterley Park sequence. It's very Beach Boys/Brian Wilson in feel, and a real curiosity.

MichaelRyerson said...

Because of her comedic gifts it's easy to forget she was a great beauty.

Richard said...

Just watched LURED (1947, Douglas Sirk), a thriller in which she played the ingenue. She was fine with the dramatic stuff, but in several instances they had her do a couple of comedic turns and she blazed. The dramatic/romantic material suffered by comparison. Goldie Hawn has something of this same gift for comedy; they both make it seem effortless and they're great at it.

Brent McKee said...

You couldn't find the "naked Lucy" picture for the before?! (The lady was gorgeous.)

Christopher said...

I remember the Lucy in London thing..must a been around 1966-67(about the time the Beverly Hillbillies went to england)..All I remember of the song is .."See Lucy with a mini skirt ooon.."Which used to crack me and my brother up..

rookgaroo said...

These 'Before and After' pictures remind me of my Aunt Emma. The only difference is my Aunt Emma wasn't trying to be funny.