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

In the Studio #50


Bing Crosby, crooning through another recording.

10 comments :

Timmy said...

Awww, they're after me lucky charms again, don't you just know, baby-boo-ba-ba-ba-boo...

Christopher said...

...when my dreamboat comes home..boo boo boobooboo boo BURP

Brent McKee said...

Would your opinion of him change if you knew what was sometimes in that pipe of his? Hint: it wasn't always tobacco - at least not of the conventional variety.

Spiracle said...

Looks more like a broadcast.

Max Allan Collins said...

So the guy who invented pop song styling, and was Bob Hope's partner in a classic series of comedy films, is now just an easy source of derision.

At least make it funny next time, guys.

Greg said...

Spiracle, I'm kind of stretching "in the studio" here to include in the "broadcasting studio" for NBC. It wasn't live in front of an audience but a recording for a broadcast so Annals of Public Performance doesn't really apply.

Tom Sutpen said...

Not a stretch at all; at least not in terms of how I conceived the series. Recording. Broadcasting. A studio is a studio.

Christopher said...

keep it mellow fellow

Brooks said...

Smart enough to hire Les Paul.

J Bradley Johnson said...

Wife-beater, drunk, pot-head, crooner, human being, deserving of both praise and derision. Keep em coming!