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

When Legends Gather #599


Jerry Lewis and Mel Tormé

3 comments :

JonCow said...

Mel looks like he borrowed his tuxedo from Professor Irwin Corey.

Robert Fiore said...

"What do you mean, you need a singer to partner up with? What happened to Dino?"

Marc said...

very sammy hogarth. lester hogarth: see: "the comedian" playhouse 90 - really, when I watched this episode with Mickey Rooney and Mel Torme a couple of weeks ago, I was certain Rooney was using Jerry Lewis as his inspiration for the character.