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

Announcing . . . Guest Contributor Week!!

Come gather 'round, childrens, wherever you roam . . .

If the good Lord is willing and the creek don't rise, beginning Monday, August 6, we here at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . will be following the time-honored tradition of the proverbial rat race by leaving behind the hectic toil of our daily lives and going on a week's vacation. God knows we knock ourselves silly the other 51 weeks of the year, dragging them what visits us to, fro, across, up, down and around every area of time, tide and culture our perfervid brains can conjure, so while we're resting our wearied bones, we'll turn to you to do the job.

All of which is just a protracted way of announcing . . . Guest Contributor Week!!

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Yes that's right, fans. Guest Contributor Week. Seven whole days wherein all content . . . all images, all text and all things Charlie Parker . . . will be provided by you, our visitors. Some of you may have noticed from time to time we're wont to post material sent in over the transom, as it were, by friends, fans and full-throttle aesthetes who get what we're doing. It's our hope that, between now and August, we can gather enough such contributions to make a full week of it.

So if you've never sent us an entry, or if you've sent them in the past, or if you only just thought of it upon seeing this notice, here's your opportunity to participate in a true communal blogospheric event . . . with full credit an' everything! Contributors can send in entries for any series they wish, as many entries as they wish (consult the sidebar), provide whatever text they like; the whole shot. All I'll do is post them (what, you really thought I was going on vacation? Moi??). Everyone is welcome (truly) to toss their goods into the pot. I can't promise I'll post everything we receive, but unless we get images we've already run, the chances are better than likely they will blossom in these pages.

All you need do is send your contributions (images, text, etc.) to our new and cleverly-named email address:

And if you have any questions, shoot them my way ( and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

The ball, now, is in your court!

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Hopefully, this is the before picture. ;-) We'll be good to your house while you're on vacation, guys, trust us - we're not like the others.