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

Musical Indulgence #11


Committed to Parkview
(Porter Wagoner; 2007)

Second only to Kinky Friedman's 'Sold American' in its limning of Country music dissipation and madness, 'Committed to Parkview' was written and recorded by Johnny Cash for his 1976 Columbia LP One Piece at a Time. And no better song could have been chosen to represent what turned out to be Porter Wagoner's welcome, but cruelly brief, career revival.

3 comments :

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Great tune, and it's always fabulous to see Porter--if I'm not mistaken, Cash re-did this song on the Highwayman album with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson (which has one of the best covers of Jerry Jeff Walker's Desperadoes Waiting For a Train).

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

...one of the best covers of Jerry Jeff Walker's Desperadoes Waiting For a Train

Which, when I sat down for a sandwich, was written by Guy Clark--not Walker, although his is the best-known recording.

It's hell getting old sometimes.

swac said...

I've been lucky enough to hear both Clark and Kristofferson do Desperadoes in concert. Great song.

I also had a 45 of Wagoner doing The Rubber Room since I was a kid. Between that and his syndicated show, I've found him fascinating for more years than I care to count.