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

Stacks o' Wax #19

Arnold Stang's Waggish Tales
(ABC-Paramount Records; 1960)


Vanwall said...

Holy shit! My favorite high-school English teacher loved this guy - how weird izzat? I would love to hear this stuff, 'cause he had a one-of-a-kind voice, that's for sure.

Robert Fiore said...

We had that record when I was a kid!

Among his many roles Stang was a regular on Henry Morgan's radio show. If you don't know which Henry Morgan I'm referring to, to hell with you.

Vanwall said...

You mean the wise-ass Henry Morgan? I may have heard something about him. ;-)

swac said...

I have an Arnold Stang kids' record around here somewhere...The Elephant Who Forgot or some such thing. The cover isn't nearly as boss as this though.

Jim said...

Thanks for another nostalgia rush Tom.
Here's the Waggish Tales:

steve said...

Bingo! A.S. has been the magic moment ( at least one of the performances in It's a Mad,M, M, World) in that great-crazy spiff-off scene in the gas station. i loved this guy because of his one specific performance for a 12-yr old kid watchin' late-night movies centuries ago..Thanks for the spot-light on this AS LP. My eyes are peeled at my local thrifts and flea-ms..for this gem.
AND what a voice he had: a--crazy 'hi-ya' in those standard '50s specs goin' insane gas-jockey style on Jonathan Winters back then -NOW I know his name, so thanks/ & for you, Mr. A.S.--peace, little bro.(wait! I think I have his NYT Obit.--not sure..