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

Welcome to Show Business! #36

Original Caption:

Good Noose for Him.

San Francisco -- Lassoed and loving it, apparently, is ivory idol Liberace, who was rounded up to receive greetings from San Francisco residents by pretty Coraleen Jurian. Miss Jurian, Queen of the city's Cow Palace, gave the pianist an official welcome before the concert there. (1955)


Peter Yezukevich said...

I heard the Liberace Museum in Vegas is closing down due to failing interest. But not to worry, it will live on as a traveling museum.

justjack said...

LOVE the careful placement of the word "apparently."

Fred said...

I thought Liberace was the Queen of the Cow Palace?