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

They Were Collaborators #261

Nelson Riddle and Francis Albert Sinatra


Nick Zegarac said...

Sinatra - chairman of the board or not, his is the voice that ear marks one of the greatest centuries for singers...ever.

SomeNYGuy said...

Don't forget to credit Riddle, one of the most influential arrangers in pop history. They're still channeling him today -- the climactic ballad in the new Broadway musical GREY GARDENS is orchestrated to sound like it came straight off "In the Wee Small Hours".

Dick said...

Nelson Riddle and Capital Records brought out the best of Sinatra. He was never quite as good after he abandoned riddle.