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

A Kovacs Moment #6

Ernie demonstrates the horizontal hold.


Tom Degan said...

Why I love Ernie Kovacs - Reason #966,468,504

Tonight will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the moment that Ernie Kovacs was killed in an automobile accident. He's gone and he's not coming back. I'm dealing with it.

This is from his 1959 special for NBC, "Kovacs on Music".

swac said...

Wow, Tom, thanks for the heads up. It's been a day of weird coincidences today, I suspect Ernie's behind it. I forgot today was the anniversary of his death, and only this morning I was listening to Merrill Markoe talk to Marc Maron on WTF about her love of Kovacs, and her involvement in the recent box set of EK DVDs.