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

In the Studio #55


Francis Albert Sinatra

13 comments :

justjack said...

who?

Gerard Saylor said...

A man famed for style and dash sitting in an incredibly drab room.

Moses Aron said...

Nice pic! Real Nice!!!

estiv said...

A man famed for style and dash sitting in an incredibly drab room.

True, but he there's to work. And once he starts working, that style and dash will be a big part of the work he does.

Although if this were a movie studio, that might not be the case.

Robert Fiore said...

Looks like he's lining up a chip shot. I was invincibly ignorant about him for the longest time but finally came around and am working my way through the concept albums. A high priest of swing.

Brent McKee said...

In this case it's the man who makes the room, not the room that makes the man. When he performed no one would notice the room.

VP81955 said...

I was invincibly ignorant about him for the longest time but finally came around and am working my way through the concept albums. A high priest of swing.

And ballads, too; to my mind, "In The Wee Small Hours" is the greatest pop album ever made. Anyway, welcome to the club.

Tommy O'C said...

Ring-a-ding-ding, guys. Well said.

James P. Walsh said...

This photo was from the 'Cycles' session. This was an album that personified the sixties from Sinatra's viewpoint. He delved into the pop scene and did some songs by Jimmy Webb and a lot of covers of songs by Glen Cambell and Judy Collins. I love this album although it shows a side of sinatra far removed from the classic repertoire that he did so much to immortalise. The title song is great.

justjack said...

I think it's from the '66 Strangers In The Night sessions, isn't it?

James P. Walsh said...

Is that so? I would love to know because I always thought that these were Ed Thrasher photos from Cycles. Now that you mention it the attire is the same as on the cover of the Strangers album. I will do a little more research and see if I can find some documentation.

People Are Leaving said...

Have you heard the out of print 'Watertown' ?

Brilliant

James P. Walsh said...

I have the LP. It is a great and very underrated album.