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

The Extraordinary Engaging in the Ordinary #17

Vera-Ellen paddles a canoe.


swac said...

Lake Arrowhead, if anyone was curious.

goomba said...

Best legs ever! Watching her dance in 'ON THE TOWN" still takes my breath away.

swac said...

TCM's Movie Morlocks blog recently posted a tribute to Vera-Ellen, with YouTube clips from most of her major film appearances, including a few hard-to-find titles. Worth seeking out!