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 #41


Dennis Allen asks Clifton Davis and Carole Demas for their votes in William F. Brown and Oscar Brand's How To Steal An Election (1968)

1 comment :

Frank Coleman said...

Allen was on Laugh-In and Sesame Street and came to a bad end, sadly. Davis wrote "Never Can Say Goodbye" for The Jackson 5 and is now a minister. Demas played Sandy in GREASE on Broadway.

My parents took me to see this musical, actually - it was hilarious! The chorus of one of the songs went, "Vannn BUUUUU-RRRENNN! Ppphhhtt!"