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 #556

Walt Disney welcomes Max Fleischer and his son Richard Fleischer.


Vanwall said...

Look at those orange groves on the Disneyland wall map, dang, there's none left.

nestmeister said...

I always loved the Fleischers' 'Hoppity Goes to Town'(1941). Much more invention, humour, and far, far better songs than Disney. OK, 'Dumbo' has its moments, but Hoppity's environmental message was so far ahead of its time that it is completely charming.

Disney was doing fairy tales with soppy strings. Max & Richard were doing the perils of modernism and the effects of expansionism on the natural world to the sounds of a dance band.

I know what *I* prefer...

Christopher said...

The Angel and the 2 devils

Fred said...

"Now let me show you the cryogenic tank in Tomorrowland where I plan to store my head. By the way...Fleischer...that isn't Jewish, is it?"