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 #7


I'll See You in My Dreams
Music: Isham Jones
Lyrics: Gus Kahn
(Leo Feist; 1924)

2 comments :

Professor Batty said...

A true standard, used to close "The Concert For George", Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) did an absolutely transcendent version...

swac said...

"You can't go wrong with a Feist song." Always love seeing that slogan on a piece of sheet music (and there's an amazing Canadian singer named Leslie Feist out these days, which makes it sort of funny).

I have a deep sentimental attachment to this song...for the simple reason that there are always certain people one can only see in dreams. This one goes hand in hand with I'm a Dreamer (Aren't We All?), another sentimental fave. And Cliff gets a big thumbs up from me as well.