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 2011 #4


Chocolate Snow - Let Me Be Your Christmas Toy (Solo Records; 1972)

What do I know about Wichita soul-rock outfit Chocolate Snow? Not very much, to be honest, but as Christmas obscurities go, it's hard to get more obscure than this gem, recently resurrected by the fine folks at Chicago's Numero Records on their Smart's Palace compilation, named after the Kansas city's nightspot run by Dick Smart, owner of Solo Records.

Chocolate Snow only made four singles, one of which didn't make it past the test pressing stage, but it's worth seeking out their psych-soul version of The Beatles' A Day in the Life (also on Smart's Palace).

If you just want to hear the song, go to the lone Chocolate Soul entry on the Numero Records blog.

1 comment :

Mark Connolly said...

Wow! This is quite lovely! Thanks for the new collection.