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

Treading the Boards #36


John Cullum, Madeline Kahn and cast are all aboard On the Twentieth Century, 1978.

5 comments :

Christopher said...

I forgot about this..Something like this must have been fun to see live..

swac said...

Was this the musical version?

Greg said...

Yes, indeedy, it was. John Cullum won the Tony award for it (his second, the first for Shenandoah).

Fred said...

I saw both Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century with the folks during their first runs. And they were both fun to see live (and Cullum deserved his Tonys).

Frank Coleman said...

Oh dear - missing in action...