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! #37

Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- Anita O'Day, who once earned $2,000 a week as a vocalist, is starting on the comeback trail after serving five months in the Women's section at Terminal Island for possession of Heroin. "From now on, I'm flying high and straight," said Anita, shown in action at a night club. This four week stand gives her $200 per week. (1954)


minus said...

Please somebody tell me who that tenor player is.

Brooks said...

Its her dealer. High _and_ straight.

mackpayson said...

Three years later back on top:

Classic performance from a classy singer.

Zoe said...

If only Amy Winehouse could make such an impressive comeback. what a waste.