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 Art of Songwriting #1


Pretty Baby (from The Passing Show of 1916)
Music: Tony Jackson & Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics: Gus Kahn
(1916)

2 comments :

swac said...

Ooh, we're doing sheet music?

I've got some dillies...but they're not all necessarily good songs, just interesting bits of artwork (or shameful, in the case of some minstrel show pieces, which I will refrain from posting). So...what's the criteria, Tom?

VP81955 said...

Great song; my favorite version of it is by Doris Day in 1947, a splendid ballad that has been described as being "simultaneously maternal and sexy."