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 #13: Without Language



Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Without Language,' is Ralph Ellison.

The Content

First Sequence:
Ella Mae Morse - Down in Mexico
Babs Tino - What's Wrong with Me and You?
Richard Barrett - Tricky Dicky
Varietta Dillard & The Cookies - Old Fashioned
The Du Droppers - Bam Balam

Second Sequence:
The Oaks Family - Wake Up, You Drowsy Sleeper
The Georgia Crackers - Riley the Furniture Man
Wilmer Watts & His Lonely Eagles - Sleepy Desert
The Shelor Family - Big Bend Gal
The Southern Moonlight Entertainers - How to Make Love

Third Sequence:
Skip & The Echotones - Oo-la-la
Dore Alpert - Dreamland
Roscoe & The Little Green Men - You Don't Believe
The Barker Brothers - Tonight, Baby, Tonight
Dick Webb - Land of Teenage Love

Fourth Sequence:
Frank Crumit - I Wish That I'd Been Born in Borneo
The Peerless Quartet - Since Mother Goes to Movie Shows
Al Jolson - Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go with Friday on Saturday Night?
Will F. Denny - A Job Like That
Robert Denning & Chorus - Keep It Under Your Hat

Fifth Sequence:
Jack Palance - Green, Green Grass of Home
Mae West - Light My Fire
Joe Pesci - Got to Get You Into My Life
Jessica Mitford & Maya Angelou - Right, Said Fred
Tony Randall - The Debutante's Ball

Summation:
Max Roach (w. Abbey Lincoln) - Lonesome Lover

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