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

The 12 Discs of Christmas 2008 #11

Jerry Lee Lewis-White Christmas
(Taken from the 1977 Johnny Cash Christmas Special)

Today's offering is a bit of a cheat, since it isn't from a record, but rather the 1977 Johnny Cash Christmas Special, which featured a tribute to Sun Records with guests Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis, and an additional nod to former Million Dollar Quartet member Elvis Presley who'd passed away only a couple of months before this show was taped.

I could be wrong, but I don't recall any other Christmas recordings by the Killer, and this brief run through White Christmas is a delight, as you can hear him borrowing the vocal hook from the version Clyde McPhatter sang with the Drifters, which Presley also did on his first Christmas album. This also goes out as a tribute to my late friend and musical mentor (and possibly the world's biggest Jerry Lee fan) Bob Switzer, who held an open house at his Taz Records store in Halifax every Christmas Eve, with drinks on the house and amazing rockabilly and R&B on the stereo. This day just hasn't been the same since Bob passed on and if anyone cares to join me in a toast or two to loved ones recently or long ago departed, I'll go get some more ice.


grumpyg said...

Cheers then!

huskermould said...

*raises glass to bob switzer as swac gets more ice*

Tom Sutpen said...

I'll join you in that toast, compadre.

swac said...


anodyne Brownie said...

These Arms Of Mine ...

raise a glass to dear Mr Switzer.