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

Friends of Milt Hinton #24
Jokers, Smokers and Midnight Tokers #3


Louis Armstrong, who was arrested November 1930 (along with drummer Vic Berton) outside the Cotton Club, Culver City, CA, for violating a California law outlawing the possession of extracts, tinctures, or other narcotic preparations of hemp, or loco-weed, their preparations and compounds.

1 comment :

Brent McKee said...

The man who introduced Bing Crosby to marijuana.

What, you thought he had tobacco in that pipe?