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 #9


Music to Remember Her
(The Jackie Gleason Orchestra)
(Capitol Records; 1955)

2 comments :

kittman said...

The music Gleason put his name to was really romantic stuff for the fifties. I think Billy May did a lot of his arranging [I think]

swac said...

Don't forget that album of his with the Salvador Dali cover...there's a post of it on here somewhere...(with a photo of The Great One and The Great Weirdo on the back).