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

Stacks o' Wax #21

The Joyful Sounds
Old Brush Arbor Days
(Atwell Record Pressing; date unknown)


swac said...

I hear they were a popular girl group on Metaluna.

Vanwall said...

"Do you ever get spiders in there?" Paul Crewe's bouffant maunderings.

swac said...

As k.d. lang used to say, "The higher the hair, the closer to God." Which would explain a lot of these old gospel LP covers.

swac said...

According to the liner notes, "The Joyful Sounds travel hundreds of miles every year spreading the gospel in song."

Note that this would be true even if they only drove a few miles back and forth to their local church every week.

swac said...

Also recorded in Bristol, Virginia, where the early recordings of the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers were first waxed.

Sadly, The Joyful Sounds did not go on to have the same impact on music.

Vladimir Estragon said...

We are for you, Mr. Sulu.

Palm Axis said...

I'm being held prisoner in Pasadena Adjacents basement

A show is coming to Los Angeles based on the covers of religious record albums

look under upcoming exhibitions (this fellow might make a nice husband for one of the gals

Palm Axis said...

hate it when the links don't work...try this