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 #61


Politely!
(Keely Smith)
(Capitol Records; 1958)

5 comments :

Joe Thompson said...

The best dead pan since Buster Keaton.

Peter L. Winkler said...

I'd love a cd reissue. Billy May's big band style backing contributed greatly to so many of the Capitol albums from the great vocalists.

Tom Sutpen said...

I'm 90% certain it is (or at least has been) reissued; paired on one disc with another of her Capitol LPs.

Buster Stronghart said...

I asked Phil Shapp, whether Louis Prima had stolen from Louis Armstrong.

Shapp replied: "Everyone steals from Satchmo.

You can still hear a lot of Keely Smith on the Great American Songbook on many NPR stations. We get it from the Palm Beach station WXEL on Sunday afternoons, from3-5....

Jakus said...

Louis Prima and Keely Smith...the greatest entertainment team ever. Yes, I said it.