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

And Then It Was Ephemera #27


Receipt for the final flight of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper

5 comments :

said...

A life value of $12 each.

Frank Van Haste said...

From a friend of mine who has flown in that area for many, many years and knows some of the principals:

"I talked to Gene a few years ago and he took me outside the FBO there at MCW and pointed to its path and where it went out'a his sight that night. Spooky! You remember what Waylon J. told Buddy that bothered W. the rest of his life? Well, if you'll remember, Waylon had a cold and he was first gonna go along on that chartered flight to Fargo (remember back then when charter pilots only needed a commercial and didn't need an instrument rating?), in the end decided that Waylon would ride on the old bus (think swapped seats with the the Big Bopper) and Buddy told him something to the effect of "Hope your old bus freezes" and Waylon told Buddy back "And I hope your danged old airplane crashes".

...and, of course, it did.

Melicia said...

This blog just keeps getting better. Great work.

WillyC said...

Thank you!

marietta said...


this is the sadest one way ticket i ever see.