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 #758


Thelonious Monk and Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter

7 comments :

swac said...

Weren't they also an item? Or am I thinking of somebody else?

Tom Sutpen said...

There were always rumors, but the consensus seems to be that they were just good friends.

Loye said...

That's one thing I didn't like about the Straight No Chaser documentary; it didn't say they were an item, but it certainly implied it.

swac said...

That must be where I got that notion from, thanks for clearing it up, guys.

Baltic Goddess said...

The HBO production "The Jazz Baroness" had someone quoting Monk (re: sex) "Don't you understand friendship? You don't do that to a friend" when speaking of his relationship with Pannonica.

Will said...

"Monk don't like Delaware" - can't remember which NRBQ tune carried this line.

Unknown said...

Her eyes suggest a lot on the photo :)