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 Art of Pop #30


Calendar Girl
(Julie London)
(Liberty Records; 1956)

7 comments :

Peter Nellhaus said...

It's almost like the record inside is a bonus.

Professor Batty said...

30+ albums, all of which put most modern female vocalists to shame, and most f the covers were as good as this one...

VicDiesel said...

Looking like that, and the sexiest voice for decades....

Be still, my beating heart!

bunny said...

Emergency!

erik hogstrom said...

I definitely have a *THING* for Julie London. Yes, definitely...

Randolph Hoppe said...

Her appearance singing "Cry Me A River" in Tashlin's "The Girl Can't Help It" is a favorite of mine.

swac said...

Now I can't get "I wish I was in Dixie...Hooray! Hooray!" out of my head.