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 #8

Why Kids Go Wrong! (David "The Cross and the Switchblade" Wilkerson, 196?)

"A few years ago, David Wilderson, a young country minister, launched a solitary--and seemingly doomed--crusade. Into the streets and slums of New York City he went to preach the gospel of redemption to that city's gang and kids--teen-agers inured to every kind of crime and viciousness.

They sneered--and threatened--at first! David Wilkerson spent agonizing hours in doubt and fear. Then, one day, the miracle happened...a rowdy group of tough gang members watched as their leaders knelt in the street and prayed..."

Personally, I'd say kids go wrong because you dress them in yellow pants, but that's just me.


orangeguru said...

Love this weird old records. As a book they are just stupid ... but as a record ...

Strange, but I think different if the same speech was on tape. The notion of an audio book is deeply connected to tapes in my brain ... or to a iPod ... but NOt records.

swac said...

There are a slew of these old '60s records, with know-it-all preachers trying to blow the lid off teenage rebellion (and generally missing the mark by a mile or two). I have one called "Don Lonie Talks to Teens" (imagine a guy who looks like Les Nessman's older, fatter brother) that just drips with condescension towards said teenagers. The thought of anyone trying to use these records as a guide to understanding their kids goes a long way to explaining why the late '60s happened.

Professor Batty said...

...I actually caught this guy's live act! Hisroutine was to conjure up all sorts of sexual imagery in the adolescent mind, then hit you with a big dose of guilt-for stuff you had never even thought of- until he mentioned it. He had the whole show- rock band, soul chorus, Hammond organ, etc... he still has a church in NYC, serving addicts and the the homeless...