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 #12


Brenda Lee - I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
(Decca Records 30107;1956)


This year's 12th title isn't particularly rare, I'm sure it's been featured in commercials and movies in recent years, although for a long, long time this song languished in relative obscurity, at least compared to Brenda Lee's other Christmas recordings. It's always been a favourite of mine, its youthful exuberance gets to me every time, and yes it does remind me of a more innocent time, as maudlin as that may sound. Little Brenda gives it all she's got in this song, right down to firing off her water pistol with mischievous "Squirt SQUIRT!" As childhood novelty songs go, I'll take this over the Chipmunks anyday.

Merry Christmas everyone, from all of us at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger... and here's to better things in 2009.

4 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

Thanks Stephen. Merry Christmas to you and everyone else too.

R.H. said...

Christmas was yesterday, it's Boxing Day here already. Our biggest Department store: Myer, opened today at 5am. Huge bargains expected, and broken bones. Ambulances standing by.

-Robert.

Tom Sutpen said...

Merry Christmas, Stephen, Richard, Kimberly, RH, everybody else.

And thank you for the '12 Days'.

swac said...

My pleasure, and still lots of goodies for next year!