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

Radio Free Gunslinger #2

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger is Vladimir Nabokov.

The Content

First Sequence:
Sonic Youth - Skip Tracer
The Breeders - Happiness is a Warm Gun
Pavement - Transport is Arranged
Mazzy Starr - Ride It On
Michael Penn - Long Way Down (Look What the Cat Drug In)

Second Sequence:
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (Mildred Bailey, voc.) - Shouting in the Amen Corner
Esther Walker - Ya Gotta Know How to Love
Una Mae Carlisle - If I Had You
Sophie Tucker - If Your Kisses Can't Hold the Man You Love
Jane Green - I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now

Third Sequence:
The Ducanes - I'm So Happy (Tra-la-la)
Noreen Corcoran - Why Can't a Boy and Girl Just Stay in Love?
The Paris Sisters - He Knows I Love Him Too Much
Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans - My Heart Beat a Little Bit Faster
Spector's Three - Mr. Robin

Fourth Sequence:
The Fisk Jubilee Singers - My Lord is Writing All the Time
The Goodwill Male Chorus - Good News, the Chariot is Coming
Kings of Harmony Quartette - Fountain of Blood
The Wandering Boys - Lead Me to That Rock
Hall Johnson Choir - Great Camp Meeting

Art Blakey & His Jazz Messengers - Blues March


shrineodreams said...

This is great but is there a track list? I want to locate one or two of these tunes.

Frank Coleman said...

OUTSTANDING lineup! Bravo, Tom! BRAVO!

Sock MonKey 1 said...

This is excellent. RFG is a great addition to the blog.

shrineodreams said...

Thanks for the listing. The Ducanes number was completely new to me.

Jessica R. said...

Marvelous. Like a history lesson and a novel and a late night drive over a desolate plain with only the crackling AM for company at once.

Emily said...

Loving this series! The edit into the third sequence of this ep just made my morning XD