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

Annals of Public Performance #23

Lena Horne 02

Lena Horne 03

Lena Horne 01

Lena Horne performs.

3 comments :

Timmy said...

She had a somewhat haunting, hypnotic style of singing. Like a witch casting a spell over the entire listening & watching world. I dug her, but I can't help but feel I am still not quite grasping what she is all about, as though I am blind to some aspect of her personality.

Tom said...

I would have loved to have seen her live.

Tom

Fred said...

I saw her one woman show on Broadway 30 years ago. She had an amazing backing band on stage with her, featuring Grady Tate on drums. Quite a performance from one of the best.