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

The Present Day Composer #34:
Christmas Week Edition

Joseph Lamb (1887-1960)

Though the vast majority of his work was composed prior to 1920, and though he long outlived such contemporaries as Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe and James Scott, Joseph Lamb did not record any of his compositions until August of 1959; a little more than one year before his passing at the age of 72.

The results were issued as an LP on the Folkways label, A Study in Classic Ragtime, and it is our offering today.

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