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 #6


The Reels - The Bombs Dropped on Xmas (Mercury 6235 014; 1980)

As a response to this year's fourth disc of Christmas, Christmas Was Better in the '80s by the Futureheads, here's an obscure holiday gem by Australian pop band the Reels.

1 comment :

Paul said...

They were quite a good band- check out a song of theirs called Quasimodo's Dream. Did some nice Bacharach covers as well.