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! #30


Original Caption:

New York -- Thousands of movie-goers and spectators jammed the Times Square area and the Astor Theatre for the gala premiere of The Beatles' first feature film, "A Hard Day's Night." Milton Berle is shown hamming it up in a Beatle wig and swapping Beatle-talk with moptop fans who had been standing on line since 5 AM.

1 comment :

justjack said...

Would the original caption from 1964 really have used the turn of phrase "standing on line"? I know that's a New York colloquialism, but I didn't think it was that old, or that if it did exist that long ago, a newspaper would have employed it.