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 #4

Required Singing (Joey Singer, The Quartertones and The Fraternity Chorus, 196?)
The copy I found of this early '60s novelty LP was actually sealed, and I can see why after a listen. I think this disc of traditional standards sung by a chorus with light orchestration is meant to be a take-off of both Mitch Miller's endless Sing Along With Mitch series and the pre-Dylan folk boom, but the problem is it's not very interesting and not very funny. The cover's the best thing about it, really, so enjoy its oddball-ness for what it is, and give thanks you didn't have to spend 10-odd minutes trying to figure out whether this was actually worth listening to (although I can finally say I have a copy of the Whiffenpoof Song, should I ever have the need to whip that one out for any visiting Yalies).

1 comment :

Kent Morgan said...

I think I have that record somewhere in my basement, but with my LP "filing" system, it will take me hours to find it unless I get lucky. It probably has been played once. As for The Whiffenpoof Song, it's on my jukebox.

Kent Morgan