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 12 Discs of Christmas 2010 #4

Christmas Was Better in the '80s (Nul Records; 2010)

Chances are you've heard this by now, but it doesn't hurt to have something current mixed in with the musty old chestnuts, and I haven't been able to get the Futureheads' bracing blast of post-punk pop and oratorio vocals out of my head since I first heard it, so I might as well curse all of you with it as well.

Thanks to Jean Shepherd, I'm more inclined to think that Christmas was better in the '40s, but then I lived through the '80s and am in no mad rush to relive it. But we'll let these sons of Sunderland have their nostalgic yearning for the era of Reagan and Thatcher, He-Man and Pee Wee.


Kimberly Lindbergs said...

Enjoying these! Thanks for sharing them with us.

swac said...

My pleasure! More goodness to come...

Chip Hilton said...

Man, do I miss Shepherd.