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 #18:
Making Rhymes of Yesterday

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Making Rhymes of Yesterday,' is Malcolm X.

The Content

First Sequence:
Big Bill Broonzy - Tell Me What Kind of Man Jesus Is
Rev. Utah Smith - God's Mighty Hand
Rev. Edward W. Clayborn - The Gospel Train is Coming
Sensation Skylights - Jesus is Sweet to Me
Mississippi John Hurt - Camp Meeting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground

Second Sequence:
Toots Thielemans - Heigh-ho
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Give a Little Whistle
Miles Davis - Someday My Prince Will Come (live)
Bill Evans - When You Wish Upon a Star
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - A Spoonful of Sugar

Third Sequence:
Jimmy Crawford - Long Stringy Baby
Billy Fury - Bye Bye
Derry Hart & The Hartbeats - Come On, Baby
The King Brothers - Little By Little
Vince Taylor & The Playboys - Brand New Cadillac

Fourth Sequence:
The Modern Folk Quartet - This Could Be the Night
Priscilla Ahn - The Moonbeam Song
Mary Hopkin - The Puppy Song
Aimee Mann - One
Harry Nilsson - I Live in a World

Nina Simone - Pirate Jenny (live)


threemma said...

Sensation Skylights put me into a trance. Great selections for #18.

Loye said...

This is an especially excellent set. Kudos.