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 #14

Dean Martin, A Winter Romance (Capitol, 1959)

Favourite holiday album cover ever.

And for a final seasonal bonus, here's Dean and Jerry just goofin' around.
Note: NOT family friendly.


Sam said...


I heard it years ago and just hit the floor laughing when I heard it. My god, would I have loved to have seen their act in Atlantic City. You know it had to be just as wild as this. With a big **** on it.

swac said...

I've been making my way through a two-DVD set of their Colgate Comedy Hour shows, and I think it's hard to really appreciate Lewis without seeing him do his thing live and off the cuff. You see way more aspects of his persona, mixed in with the "real" Jerry, plus an edgier insight into his relationship with Dino. There's one sketch where Martin is living in luxury at poolside, while next door, Jerry is living in a filthy shack. It cuts pretty close to the bone.

Also, there's an Edward R. Murrow take-off, with Martin interviewing Lewis, who is doing a nutty parody of Marlon Brando, sitting on a motorbike and playing the bongos. And Lewis's drum battle with Buddy Rich (which you can view out there on the Web somewhere). All vastly entertaining.