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 #6: Take Twenty



Your host for this, the Woody Guthrie Centennial edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Take Twenty,' is Lee Oswald.

The Content

First Sequence:
Utopia - Crystal Ball
The Kaisers - What You Gonna Say?
The Rutles - It's Looking Good
The Redcoats - You Had No Right
The Beatnix - Stairway to Heaven

Second Sequence:
Bill Monroe - Just a Little Talk With Jesus
Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys - When the Savoir Reached Down for Me
Marty Robbins - There's Power in the Blood
Webb Pierce - Kneel at the Cross
The Louvin Brothers - Satan and the Saint

Third Sequence:
Jo Stafford - The Gentleman is a Dope
Doris Day - At Sundown
Anita O'Day - Crazy He Calls Me
Keely Smith - I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
Diana Dors - Roller Coaster Blues

Fourth Sequence:
Eddie Hodges - Seein' is Believin'
Lesley Gore - No Matter What You Do
Frédéric Chopin - Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66 (arr. by Jack Nitzsche)
The Turtles - You Know What I Mean
Frankie Laine - I'm Gonna Be Strong

Fifth Sequence:
Peter Tevis - Pastures of Plenty
Earl Robinson - Mail Myself to You
Stormy Six - Union Maid
Woody Guthrie - I've Got to Know
Sharon Jones - This Land is Your Land

Summation:
The Beatles - Revolution (Take 20)

5 comments :

swac said...

I won't be able to listen until I get home, but I'm hoping there's some Patsy--Montana or Cline--on the playlist.

Tom Sutpen said...

There's Webb Pierce.

Tom Sutpen said...

And I just got the 'Patsy' reference . . . you clever so and so!

Robert Fiore said...

What these podcasts remind me of, though it is an ancient memory, is listening to the old Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins show. Who wouldn't make a bad host if you had the aircheck for it, and if using an actual DJ isn't too on the nose.

ing said...

is there a playlist for all these songs? who's singing the Beatles-y cover of 'Stairway to Heaven'?