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

They Were Collaborators #681


Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques

4 comments :

Wellwynder said...

Do I detect a Hattie Jacques revival? The BBC are currently heavily trailing a new TV drama about her love life, featuring Ruth Jones in the title role. Or maybe it's a wider trend - there was a drama about the early career of Morecambe & Wise shown on BBC last week. Pretty good, too...

swac said...

There was also a drama about Barbara Windsor, which I hear was pretty dreadful. But I'd love to see a film about Eric & Ernie.

Wellwynder said...

The Eric & Ernie drama is still available on the BBC I-Player at the time of writing, but maybe it doesn't work outside the UK.

swac said...

Yep, BBC TV stuff doesn't play outside of the UK, due to the existence of BBC cable channels in North America, but at least I can listen to their online radio shows.