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

When Legends Gather #644
Broadcasters #91

Zacherley and Chuck McCann


Robert Fiore said...

I imagine one day in some horror host Valhalla Zacherley facing off in a bi-coastal post-Death Match with Seymour, if Zacherley ever actually dies. "I introduced Frank Zappa!" Zacherley says. "I was name-checked by Thomas Pynchon!" Seymour counters . . .

Tom Degan said...

My sweetest childhood memories involve Chuck McCann. I just loved him when I was a little boy.

"Gray skies are gonna clear up. Put on a happy face!"

Like it was yesterday.

Tom Degan

Frank Coleman said...

Happy to report Chuck is alive and well and maintaining a very active presence on Facebook.

Tony said...

I'm not sure anyone who wasn't there would understand the sweet silliness that was live kids programming in the New York metro area in the 1960's.

I was all of 8 when Kennedy was shot, at the same time my mom was in the hospital having my brother. I can recall almost each and every show Chuck McCann did that week...especially his flea circus.

You know, when Chuck made the crew laugh -- which was often, you felt like you were hanging out with the grown-ups, having fun and cutting up.

Zacherle came into my consciousness just a bit later, along with Sonny Fox (google his "Hambone" routine) and of course Soupy Sales.

That photo sums up so many things, thank you.

Frank Coleman said...

Yes indeed - and Sandy Becker, too!

"Norton Nork, you've done it again!"