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

Welcome to Show Business! #29


Original Caption:

Hollywood -- Singing star Gordon MacRae reflects on his plight in a police car after he had flunked an on the spot sobriety test following a four car traffic accident in North Hollywood. Police said the movie and TV actor failed to halt for a traffic signal and rammed into the rear most of three stopped autos. No one was injured, but all four cars were damaged. MacRae, who admitted "having a couple of drinks," was arrested on a drunk driving charge. He posted $250 bail and was released. (1955)

1 comment :

Peter L. Winkler said...

At first glance, I thought he was Teddy Kennedy.