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

They Were Collaborators #591


Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner

5 comments :

Peter Nellhaus said...

I don't think it's possible to look at that photo without smiling.

mister muleboy said...

Hmmm -- I'm not familiar with this shot [what a surprise, seeing something great and new here on Charlie Parker. . .]. While familiar, I hesitate to jump to any conclusios. The photographer?


Thanks for posting. Everything.

Fred said...

Oy vey!

bbum said...

Wow. Just.... wow.

Where can I get a print of that? It needs to go on the wall in my office as inspiration.

motamanx said...

What an interesting blog! And I don't even know what a blog is!

Mr Sutpen (and all): I think it would be better for all if you credited the photos. It IS fascinating stuff.

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