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

Artists in Action #541


Gilda signs autographs

7 comments :

Tim Kotora said...

She left us much too soon. Her dance scene with Steve Martin back in the early days of Saturday Night is timeless. Thanks for the memory.

Tempest said...

My thoughts exactly-she was really funny.

Vanwall said...

Her Roseanne Roseannadanna episode with a rant about Dr. Joyce Brothers at a spa, was brilliantly hilarious.

swac said...

Some of the material in her live concert film is priceless, such a rare combo of innocence and wackiness.

Fred said...

Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals is about the greatest children song ever written (but it ain't for the kiddies).

STARTOONZ said...

Still miss her.

Richard said...

I'm glad SWAC mentioned innocence. That's all gone now, not comic thing anymore, alas.