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 #685

Richard and Robert Sherman


Vanwall said...

I was in Long Beach many years ago for a F1 Grand Prix, and friend took us to visit a relative in the Hills - we walked into a huge library/music room, and there on some shelves were two "Mary Poppins" Oscars. That's when I made the connection to the Sherman name! Very impressive.

Timmy said...

I met Robert a few years back, at Milt Larsons' Magic Castle. He is a super-nice chap, cheery & full of life. I have heard that his brother & he don't really chum it up too much... A great documentary was completed about the two, don't know if it was ever released.

rookgaroo said...

Timmy, if you mean The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story, I just watched it on cable a few days ago. And it is indeed great.