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

American Dance Orchestras of the 1920s #18


The Paul Specht Orchestra

5 comments :

mister muleboy said...

Thank you thank you thank you.

I love this series.

Is there anywhere to go to view larger displays of the photos of these bands?

Vanwall said...

My Dad's stepfather, who was very much a grandfather anyway, had a dance band in the early '30s, after his rodeo bronc ridin' career became too dangerous. These pics are so much about what entertainment was at that time.

justjack said...

Wait, the sheet music hangs from the ceiling? How cool is that!

Saint Russell said...

The band had to crowd around the recording horn, and music stands would get in the way!

Tom Sutpen said...

monsieur muleboy:

They're scattered all over the internet, though there are some sites like the Red Hot Jazz database where you can find images of these orchestras. Unfortunately, I've yet to see more than one or two that I didn't have to enlarge before posting it hereabouts. Given the amount of detail that is often in these photographs, one would think higher resolutions were in order.

But then, who knows from Nat Shilkret and His Victor Recording Orchestra these days?