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 #9

Wanda Jackson knocks 'em flat with Mean Mean Man.


Richard Gibson said...


Mike D said...

fantastic stuff - wanda had such a great sassy voice. any idea when and where? youtube is just brilliant for finding all those wonderful visual music moments that mtv and vh1 never show you.

swac said...

I think it's from a show called Town Hall Party that featured lots of great acts, including some choice clips of the Collins Kids, Joe Maphis (that's him with the double-neck guitar), Merle Travis, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochrane and others. There's a series of Town Hall Party DVDs from Bear Family in Germany, including one with that Wanda Jackson clip.