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

Housekeeping Matter #14:
Testing a New Feature

Please bear with me a few moments, folks; there was really no other way to do this.

Starting soon, If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . will have a new feature for its visitors.

In the interests of boilerplate, this and all future downloadable mp3 files are offered for purely educational, non-commercial purposes. All we ask is that you, please, leave a comment letting us know how it works out.

Testing . . . one . . . two . . . THREE!


Josh said...

Works fine for me!

Richard Gibson said...

Works fine in England too. Is it something from Harry Smith's Anthology?

Tom Sutpen said...

No, it's not from Smith's AoAFM, but it's from the same epoch most of those recordings came from. It's Mississippi John Hurt's 1928 OKeh recording, Louis Collins.

Bill said...

Sounds great here in Texas.

Brent McKee said...

Sounds great here too (although I probably shouldn't have listened to it while also listening to Radio 2). I'm glad you've chosen to avoid the trap too many bloggers encounter of having a piece of music on the site that starts automatically and which you have to find on the page to stop - or worse can't stop. In this case the file was entirely optional which is good.