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

We Are Six!


As Carl Sandburg continues his weekend-long search for the right metaphor, we here at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . celebrate our sixth anniversary in the blogosphere one day late, and on little cat feet.

21 comments :

Andy 7 said...

Happy anniversary - keep it comin'!

Vanwall said...

Happy 6th! Still the greatest!

Nick said...

Happy birthday Gunslinger, I just started a blog that's sort of an homage/parody/ripoff of your format. Coincidence?

Pop9 said...

Happy birthday!

Bill Crider said...

Happy belated birthday!

mister muleboy said...

Greatest blog in the world.


Finest site not featuring nudity on the Internet.


Wait; the Art of the Ce. . .

Finest Site on the Internet

Bill said...

Happy anniversary. Keep it up. When you don't post I'm sad.

MichaelRyerson said...

The staff of life, bread and the unleavened gunslinger. Kudos.

estiv said...

Congratulations, and also a loud "Thank you very much." This place definitely adds something to my online life.

Art Rock said...

Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

Brian said...

This blog's a Scorpio! That explains everything. Congratulations.

eldivinomarques said...

Happy anniversary to this fantastic blog!. Keep up the good work!

justjack said...

Best wishes on your birthday. I love all the series. The whole site's looking good these days, too.

la peregrina said...

Six years? Well done!

MadHatter said...

Congratulations to the finest blog in internetdom -An entertainingly-ever expanding- electronic time capsule of our times!

DeBakey said...

Its your choice
Have it, or
Eat it!

Chip Hilton said...

Six years of visual stimulation. Sincere thanks and congrats!

Joe Thompson said...

Many happy returns and thank you for all the thought-provoking images.

The All-Seeing Eye, Jr. said...

Happy birthday, ICPWAGTBAWLODC!

However, that ain't Carl Sandburg--that there's "Bob" Frost.

Loye said...

Like Charlie Parker, you're the greatest.

izoard said...

a daily inspiration !