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 #761

Tommy Dorsey, Milton Berle, Edythe Wright and Jack Leonard (New York World's Fair Band Shell on Fountain Lake, 1940).


Sock MonKey 1 said...

Uncle Miltie demonstrating that maybe those rumors were true.

mister muleboy said...

Oh, I'm pretty sure those werent rumours.

Just pull out enough to win. . . .

mister muleboy said...

And I know that this photo seems to have, at best, some bad look-alike for Hoagy Carmichael. Probably actually just an aspiring ham. Except I'm pretty sure that's really the man. My contemporaneous source credits it as Carmichael, and in some other photos from the same event, a man who looks like most other photos of Hoagy appears in the same suit with the same credit.

But I questioned it myself, went back to confirm, went online to confirm, and felt comfortable, if not cocksure, in my post. So there remains a statistically significant possibility that I am JFR.

*JFR -- Just Fucking Wrong.

Tom Sutpen said...

Well, I changed it to Jack leonard, even though I generally ignore nit-picky corrections (at least 75% of the time they're wrong incidentally), this time it was righteous because Jack Leonard absolutely was the lead singer in the Dorsey Orchestra at that time; and 1940 was the year before Frank Sinatra took over those duties. It makes more sense for him to be in that photo than Hoagy Carmichael.

's'all I'm sayin'.