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 #28: System Upon System

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'System Upon System,' is Syd Barrett.

The Content

First Sequence:
Jaye P. Morgan - The Longest Walk
Julie London - The Meaning of the Blues
Irene Kral - Wouldn't It Be Loverly?
Anita O'Day - When Sunny Gets Blue
Peggy Lee - The Folks Who Live on the Hill

Second Sequence:
Sparklehorse - Dark as a Dungeon
Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys - Cincinatti Lou
John Fahey - Steel Guitar Rag
The Beau Brummels - Nine Pound Hammer
Merle Travis - Black Gold

Third Sequence:
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra - Rosalie
Stan Kenton & His Orchestra - You Started Me Dreaming
Harlan Leonard & His Rockets - Dameron Stomp
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra - Darn That Dream
Frankie Newton & His Uptown Serenaders - You Showed Me the Way

Fourth Sequence:
Ted Weems & His Orchestra - I Still Get a Thrill
Arthur Tracy - A Sailboat in the Moonlight
Charlie Palloy - Pettin' in the Park
Russ Columbo (w. Nat Shilkret & His Orchestra) - You Call It Madness
Isham Jones & His Orchestra - It's Funny to Everyone But Me

Malvina Reynolds - Nancy Newman


Robert Fiore said...

May we expect a Christmas-themed Radio Free Gunslinger next week?

Tom Sutpen said...

You may :)