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

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #5

Today's Adventure: Actors James Best and Andy Griffith go over a scene with director Bob Sweeney on the set of The Andy Griffith Show.


Evilmonster said...


Christopher said...

Best had an engaging on Andy for awhile that was perfect for him...hillbilly nirvana

Testify said...

I recently got my hands on Mama Guitar sang by Grifiths in A Face In The Crowd. Its a pretty creditable stab at rockabilly written by Bud Schulberg (screenwriter of A Face In The Crowd and On The Waterfront ) and Tom Glaser (best known for On Top Of Spaghetti.)


When my mother worked for a sunday supplement magazine she had the opportunity to talk to Andy Griffith, this was in the 90's. She told him that her and my dad loved "A Face in The Crowd" -- Griffith was impressed, as that is not what most people remember him by.