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

When Legends Gather #475

Nat King Cole and Francis Albert Sinatra


Larry Aydlette said...

Swingsville, Daddy-O!

VP81955 said...

They made one official recording together -- but it wasn't for Capitol, the label both are best known for. Rather, it came in 1946 when Frank was at Columbia. He did a swinging version of "Sweet Lorraine" with the Metronome All-Stars, a combo comprised of players selected by the magazine's readers, and Nat Cole played piano. (Nat and his trio did transcription work for other artists at about this time, such as Anita O'Day; they back her in a splendid version of "Penthouse Serenade.")

footman said...

Frank's suit is perfect.