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

Adventures in the Official Culture #2

Original Caption:

Washington -- Composer Leonard Bernstein receives a dedicatory medal from Mrs. Rose Kennedy at a cast party following the official opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. with a performance of Bernstein’s 'Mass.' (1971)


marietta said...

Wat a appealing man,wunderbares foto.

Fred said...

Agreed Marietta. My love of music has much to do with my mom dragging me to the concerts for children which Bernstein conducted at the NY Philharmonic back in the early 70s.

marietta said...

Dear Fred,i think its very need to bring the Musik to the Children.I also have do it with my little son.First sweet little kid-songs and he like very match.Wen he was six jears,mit viel Musik,he can drumming off a Shoe-Box absolut im Takt ohne Failur "Vibe out" from the "Beach Boys".He is still by the Musik until now.The Musik sometimes to rescue him,by the way to hell and back.Now its more Rock`nRoll,Punk etc.and of cours Jazz.Musik is life saving.