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 #65


The Wildest Show at Tahoe
(Louis Prima and Keely Smith; with Sam Butera & The Witnesses)
(Capitol Records; 1958)

3 comments :

Joe Thompson said...

A coworker once mentioned that he and his son had watched Disney's "The Jungle Book." He insisted that King Louie was voiced by Louis Armstrong. He wouldn't believe that it was Louis Prima.

Brent McKee said...

That's nothing. A few months ago I heard a talking head on the CBC insist that King Louie in "The Jungle Book" was "proof" of the racism of the Disney Corporation in the 1950s, because King Louie was an ape singing "I wanna be like you oo oo, and learn to be hu u uman too." Apparently this person thought that King Louie was was presumed (by them) to have been voiced by a Black person or a white person doing a stereotypical "Black" voice, and that by having the character sing that they wanted to be human too it was implying that Black people are subhuman. Worst of all was the fact that no one knew enough about the movie to tell this talking head that they were full of it.

swac said...

Hmmm...was this on Q by any chance?

Never mind that Disney's Jungle Book came out in 1967...

At least Los Lobos didn't have a problem with it when they did their wonderful cover version for Hal Wilner's Stay Awake Disney tribute CD.