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

Musical Indulgence #6:
Christmas Week Edition

Between 1977 and 1980, Elvis Costello recorded four sessions for Radio 1 eminence John Peel.

Each session consisted of four songs.

On all four he was accompanied by The Attractions.

All four sessions constitute today's offering.


Anonymous said...

With this post of Elvis in his prime, this is now officially my new favorite blog. The Dylan WBAI show was a nice companion to the recent New Yorker profile of Bob Fass, too.

I discovered you through a link to that Pauline Kael talk from '63, and you keep pulling more rabbits out of the hat.

Thanks much....

Tom Sutpen said...

You are welcome! Keep visiting these shores and we'll try to make it worth your while (along with everyone else).

Blind said...

I didn't even know audio was available on this site, I have only visited a few times to muse over the imagery. Thanks for the Elvis!