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

Singles Going Steady #3

Lou Giordano: Stay Close to Me b/w Don't Cha Know
(Brunswick 9-55115; 1959)

This single is the last in a trilogy of Buddy Holly-produced releases, in this case it's Holly prodigy Lou Giordano, who appeared on this lone Brunswick Records single in 1959. The A-side is a Holly composition that the Lubbock musician never recorded himself (not even as a demo), which he also plays guitar on. It's a pleasant if unremarkable pop tune, at least in Giordano's hands, but worth a cursory listen. The B-side is more unusual; a goofy novelty number written and produced by Phil Everly, which both Holly and Everly play and sing backup on. Why they deliberately chose to make the backing vocals sound so silly remains a mystery, and it certainly didn't help endear Giordano to the listening public.

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