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

This Sporting Life #9

Original caption:

"Meadowlark Lemon delights entranced youngsters at Nickerson Recreation Center"


Mac said...

Saw the Globetrotters when I was 6 or 7 (Meadowlark/Curly/Geese-era) and have never been as awestruck by any performance or personality since.

Greg said...

That was the Globetrotters era as far as I'm concerned. They were famous as individuals unlike say, the eighties and beyond where people knew of the team but not the players. I almost put this in "Artists in Action" but only because I hate posting a pic with two series headlines I kept it to "This Sporting Life" instead.

Kreisler said...

As a kid growing up in London in the 60s, I remember the Globetrotters as an almost superhuman outfit. They weren't a team like Arsenal or Chelsea were teams, didn't seem to play in a league. We didn't know anything about basketball, we didn't play it, weren't even sure if it was a sport. Watching them on telly, the ball appeared to follow them around whatever they decided to do. I loved them.

Fred said...

I remember seeing them the Garden in the early 70s. I kept checking the scoreboard which I guess was a waste of time.

Chris Rywalt said...

My wife and I saw them at the Meadowlands in New Jersey maybe thirteen, fifteen years ago now. Long after the iconic Globetrotters, the ones who were on Scooby-Doo. Even though I didn't know any of their names, they were still fantastic. Great showmen. We had a lot of fun.