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

Great Canadians of the 20th Century #11

Guy Lombardo


Vanwall said...

The Royal Canadians at the Waldorf Astoria, playing their particular sounding "Auld Lang Syne" on TV, filled every New Year's Eve at our house when I was a kid. I can't hear it without flashing on Guy Lombardo's face or hearing his voice in my head.

SomeNYGuy said...

Can't see or hear him without tasting smoked fish. That was the routine at my grandparents' house for my first 12 New Year's Eves: Guy Lombardo and pickled herring. Not so bad, really.

Tom Sutpen said...

"Give this son of a gun eight stars! Lombardo! These people are keeping music alive, helping to fight them damn beboppers. You know, you got to have somebody to keep that music sounding good. Music doesn't mean a thing unless it sounds good. You know, this is the band that inspired me to make 'Among My Souvenirs'. They inspired me to make 'Sweethearts On Parade'. They're my inspirators!"
-- Louis Armstrong

He had a point.

Brent McKee said...

Say what you want about Lombardo, he was one of the few Canadian bands from the Thirties and Forties to actually make it or even record commercially. I have some 78s of "Mart Kenny and his Western Gentlemen" but beyond that there isn't much. There were some great Canadian Bands (including Bob Farnon's Canadian Army Band of the Allied Expeditionary Force) that we only really know about from radio air checks or amateur recordings which have been dug up by truly dedicated fans.