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 New Year's bonus


The Black on White Affair - Auld Lang Syne (Topaz Records [unreleased], 1970)

Best wishes in 2011 for the Gunslinger gazers, please enjoy this radical take on Robbie Burns' familiar ode to old times past by Seattle soul rockers The Black on White Affair. It starts off as a slightly off-brand Booker T and the MGs rendition, but builds to a frenzied climax that might sound more at home in an early Funkadelic outing. It's a perfect way to blast yourself into the next decade.

1 comment :

Timmy said...

What a year full of great postings form Gunslinger. A better time wasn't had by anyone. Thanx.............