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 Art of Pop #5


Pretty Baby
(Dean Martin)
(Capitol Records; 1957)

3 comments :

Lex10 said...

such a punim!

SomeNYGuy said...

Possibly my favorite album of his, mostly superior songs accompanied by a small combo and occasionally a small vocal group. "It's Easy to Remember" and "You Got Me Crying Again" are particularly sweet tracks.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, like our Dino not only sang the coolest of cool tunes, he had the coolest of cool covers for his Dinoalbums as well. Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool. Oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth!!!!!!