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 #560


Alfred Hitchcock sings along

11 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Robert Fiore said...

What makes the image so unusual is that it's not a variation on impassivity.

estiv said...

Absolutely perfect. Among his other notable attributes, the man was a comic genius. And like someone like Buster Keaton, he was willing to use his own personal physical attributes for comic effect.

asleep said...

From this angle, all that harness gear makes the horse in the background look like H.R. Giger's alien, on the chase. Acts as a Rorschach pattern, perhaps. Oh dear, I'm not feeling very well.

Flynnjr said...

they're not singing, they're catching snowflakes.

right?

michaelE said...

I think they're actually catching snowflakes?

Gerard Saylor said...

Looks more like they are catching snowflakes.

Vanwall said...

Wonderful image!

Tommy O'C said...

Sing-a-long? It looks like primal therapy. Didn't Hitch have people his own age to play with?

Chris Rywalt said...

Sing-a-long? They're in a runaway sled! The horse is behind them!

JimG said...

You're all wrong. The curtain has been pulled back and Mother is plunging a knife in their backs.