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

Lena Horne dies at 92

Lena Horne portrait
AP obituary here.

7 comments :

Surreality said...

Farewell, Lady.

swac said...

Thanks for the tribute, Greg.

Greg said...

She was smart, talented, beautiful and driven. R.I.P. Miss Horne.

Vanwall said...

Very bummed out.

kwhitefield said...

A great photo here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lenahorne.jpeg

2012 said...

Great one!!

buythenumbers said...

I will always remember her as Earthy ~ Sensual ~
. . . and, Sexy !! . . . Very Talented, proving her
worth as a newcomer, in a tough industry ~ especially,
for Black entertainers !! . . . RIP ~ My Lady . . .