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 Heretofore Unmentioned #80

Eva Narcissus Boyd (aka, Little Eva)


estiv said...

Was she really Goffin and King's babysitter?

swac said...

According to this fairly detailed biography, she was their live-in nanny/maid.

Apparently they were inspired by her style of dancing and wrote The Loco-Motion, potentially as a song for Dee Dee Sharp to follow up Mashed Potato Time with. They got Little Eva to do the demo, and Kirshner loved her version so much it became the single.

Fred said...

She doesn't do windows, but she does do the Locomotion.


"Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme Gravy To-Ni-Ight!"