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

Stacks o' Wax #2

Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Orchestral Fairy Tale for Children Narrated by Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) (Everest Records, 1960)
"Sergei Prokofiev wrote 'Peter and the Wolf' for all the children of the world--for French and Russian and Swedish and Spanish children, and many more. Thanks to his music, the cat and duck and Grandfather can be understood by everyone, no matter what language they speak. When Peter and the animals come to life in the orchestra, it's like watching a magician. I heard them first when I was young, and they've remained my friends ever since. I'm certain you'll enjoy them as much as I have.
Yours sincerely,
Captain Kangaroo"

1 comment :

swac said...

Picked this up for a buck at a weekend flea market, along with an LP by Welcome Back Kotter's Lawrence Hilton Jacobs. I went with this cover, way more interesting. That thing on his head looks like Flub-A-Dub from Howdy Doody (which is interesting since Keeshan was also Clarabelle the Clown for a while there).