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

I Like the Christian Life! #1


Original Caption:

Youths Drinking Milkshakes at No-Alcohol Nightclub

Decatur -- The Decatur Christian Youth Council, composed of church leaders, is sponsoring a liquorless tavern and night club, The Anchor Inn, with floor shows and a dance orchestra, to combat the drinking of alcoholic liquors and frequenting of regular taverns by Christian youths. Photo shows a group sipping milk shakes in Anchor Inn, which was a night resort during prohibition days. (1938)

9 comments :

Vanwall said...

Kraft durch Freude, Murican style.

swac said...

Now I can't get Gram Parsons out of my head.

Tom Sutpen said...

Hey, the Louvin Brothers did it first!

(but I did have the Parsons/Byrds recording goin' when I thought the series up)

swac said...

I've got the Louvin version too...but I just got the deluxe set of Sweethearts of the Rodeo a few weeks ago.

Usually I think of the Louvins when I see a picture of Satan.

estiv said...

Actually, the Byrds' version features Roger McGuinn imitating Gram's accent. You might well ask why. The answer is...too complicated to give in a blog comment. But if you listen to it carefully, you can hear the difference in the voices. That's not the same person as the one singing "Hickory Wind."

swac said...

While it's true that many of Gram's vocals were initially ditched due to his previous International Submarine Band contractual obligations (apparently with Lee Hazelwood) the recent two-disc Legacy Edition includes more available takes with his lead vocals intact (which is where my preference lies).

estiv said...
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estiv said...

the recent two-disc Legacy Edition includes more available takes with his lead vocals intact

I stand corrected. And I'm disappointed to find out that Lee Hazlewood did such a thing. Unless, of course, GP dicked him around, which, now that I think about it, doesn't seem too far-fetched. Oh well. An idol without feet of clay is as real as Santa Claus's wife.

swac said...

It's possible there was a clash of egos between Lee and Gram, there also seems to have been one between Gram and Roger McGuinn, with Gram grousing about his brief Byrds stint years after the fact (whereas McGuinn, to his credit, tends to be more diplomatic about the whole thing).