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 #10: Bohemia

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Bohemia,' is Dorothy Parker.

The Content

First Sequence:
Bobby Sheen - Dr. Love
The Ikettes - I'm So Thankful
Yvonne Baker - My Baby Needs Me
Mary Love - Let Me Know
Patrice Holloway - Love and Desire

Second Sequence:
Mary Wells - Bye Bye, Baby
Gene McDaniels - Point of No Return
Jonathan Halper - Leaving My Old Life Behind
The Ink Spots - Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat
The Paris Sisters - Dream Lover

Third Sequence:
Danny Kaye - The Inchworm
Ray Charles & Betty Carter - Baby, It's Cold Outside
The Jackie Gleason Orchestra - (I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China
Jeri Southern - Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
Pat Rooney - More I Cannot Wish You

Fourth Sequence:
Jimmy McCracklin - Let's Do It
Jimmy 'T-99' Nelson - Bad Habit Blues
The Freddie Simmons Quintette - Hollywood Bound
Jimmy Grissom - Once There Lived a Fool
Three Bits of Rhythm - Root Beer Sizzle Sazzle Sizzle

Fifth Sequence:
Bezos' Hawaiian Orchestra - Pame Sti Honolulu
H.M. Barnes & His Blue Ridge Ramblers - Honolulu Stomp
The Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Trio - Clowin' the Frets
King Banny Nawahi - Tickling the Strings
Master's Hawaiians - Hawaiian Stormy Weather

The Modern Lovers - A Plea for Tenderness (live)


normadesmond said...

adore this shot of dot.


Dot, you charmer!!

marietta said...

Whoever or watever brok this face?

estiv said...

@marietta, life. Life broke this face. For a reasonable accurate account, see Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle.

marietta said...

Hallo,estiv thanks for the hint to dorothy parker. i am concerned.i like the kind of "Poesie".so e. dickinson,sitwell.dame edith avens,s. plath etc.estiv, be so kind to take al look to the german poet,Georg Trakl,1887-1914.just read perhabs you answer me. marietta.

estiv said...

@marietta, thanks, I will check out Georg Trakl. Please be aware that Dorothy Parker is not generally considered to be the same sort of poet as Dickinson, Sitwell, Evans or Plath. Her stories could be very serious, but her poems were known for their humor. Admittedly that humor is so dark it is anything but light-hearted.

Tommy O'C said...

Avedon struck again 16 years later with a creepily similar shot of Oscar Levant.