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

When Legends Gather #154

Wanda Jackson and Elvis Presley


Chaka said...

fucking amazing, my friend. you should be able to get a grant to run your site because you really bring it day in and day out.

now, if you could find a picture of Janis Martin and Elvis together, then you'd really have something.

your biggest fan,
Chaka /

Richard Gibson said...

Chaka - cheers!

I'm pretty hyped as Wanda is doing a tour and coming to London later this month.

swac said...

Funnel of Love is still one of the most astonishing songs I've ever heard. And yet, impossibly hard to find on CD, it rarely shows up on Wanda Jackson compilations (and I've gone through a number of them) short of forking out for the Bear Family box set.

I've worn out at least two copies of the song on 7" (I think it's the flipside of Right or Wrong).