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 #35


Lady
(Jack Jones)
(Kapp Records; 1967)

7 comments :

Mark said...

Jack Jones provided one of the funniest gags in the comedically uneven Airplane II during the opening prison break.

Christopher said...

didn't he sing "THE LOOOOOVE BOAT..."theme?

Tom Sutpen said...

I was about to ride in here and say it was Steve Lawrence who sang that woeful ditty . . . but a quick check reveals that it was indeed Jack Jones (no less than Scott Walker's favorite MOR pop singer).

Richard Gibson said...

And a rhyming slang to boot.

Now you mention it Tom, I recall he was a Walker fave, I'd forgotten all about that.

Mac said...

"If you go away, if you go away..."
Scott's definitive version came a year or two after this.

Mark said...

Tom, not only did he sing the Love Boat theme, he sang it during the aforementioned prison break scene. Picture searchlights trying to find the escapee and instead finding Jack Jones in a tux.

Tommy O'C said...

If he sang "Wives and Lovers" today, he'd be s-k-i-n-n-e-d...