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 #9


How is America Doing? (Dr. Kenneth McFarland, 1962)

Inspirational speaker Dr. Kenneth McFarland, who previously addressed the wonder that is the free enterprise system on recorded speeches on LP like Who Will Succeed in the '60s? and The MAN in SalesMAN turns his attention to the United States' role as a shining beacon of democracy and commerce for the rest of the world on How Is America Doing?, recorded at a ladies night banquet of the Memphis Sales Executives (on the anniversary of Paul Revere's ride, no less).

According to the liner notes, "Dr. McFarland wants 'little truck with namby-pamby neutrals.' He challenges left-leaning 'neutrals' with the question, 'How long could you remain either neutral or free if American power were not protecting you agains a communist take-over of the whole world?' He deplores America's tendency to forsake our traditional allies in favor of new nations who have neither the power nor the will to stand firmly beside us in a crisis."

As you can tell, McFarland was a barrel of laughs (and still inspires people, as indicated by the link in the post to this title, above the image).

2 comments :

Tom Sutpen said...

God Damn, Stephen...

I wish there was a way we could offer mp3 excerpts from this LP to our visitors (it's gotta be in the Public Domain).

swac said...

Well, someone's still selling the recordings on a website linked in the post header (McFarland died in 1985), but I'm sure an MP3 or two wouldn't kill anybody. I wonder if I have the space for it...?