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 #29: This Ain't No White Christmas!

Programming for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'This Ain't No White Christmas!,' is provided by AFVN

The Content

First Sequence:
Detroit Junior - Christmas Day
The Soul Saints Orchestra - Santa's Got a Bag of Soul
The Diplomats of Solid Sound - Let It Snow
Stevie Wonder - What Christmas Means to Me
Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa

Second Sequence:
Titus Turner - Christmas Morning
Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers - Dig That Crazy Santa Claus
Jimmy Witherspoon - How I Hate to See Xmas Come Around
Sugar Chile Robinson - Christmas Boogie
Amos Milburn - Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby

Third Sequence:
Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz, it's Christmas
William Bell - Everyday Will Be a Holiday
Booker T. & The MGs - Jingle Bells
Joe Tex - I'll Make Every Day Christmas (For My Woman)
Solomon Burke - Presents for Christmas

Fourth Sequence:
Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Christmas Day
The Granville Williams Orchestra - Santa Claus is Ska-ing to Town
The Ethiopians - Ding Dong Bell
The Maytalls - Christmas Feeling
Johnny Clarke - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Erroll Garner - Great Christmas


marietta said...

Hi all,hi Tom,for this evening i recommend the wunderbarer song " have a little faith in me",by

John Hiatt.nice time,marietta.

swac said...


I know it doesn't fit in with this mix, but this tune could be considered an addendum:

Daniel Cecil said...

Super nice. A great antidote to the same three tunes we hear every year. Cheers for all your hard work!

WillyC said...

Nice work Tom, I'll play this when my family comes over tonight.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Great! Thanks!

WillyC said...

They loved it, especially Jimmy Witherspoon.