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

The 12 Discs of Christmas 2012 #1

A Daddy's Christmas
Albert Brooks and Little Kristi

(Asylum Records; 1974)

Ho ho ho, look who's back? The prodigal Gunslinger returns with 12 more slabs of Christmas joy, starting with some seasonal satire from 1974, courtesy of Albert Brooks, who was keenly active in attempting to breathe some new life into that already stodgy format known as the comedy LP before realizing that the real money was in TV and movies.

This holiday gift, written and produced with the help of Harry Shearer, arrived between the release of his 1973 release Comedy Minus One (the one where he provides half of a stand-up routine plus a script with the punchlines) and 1975's A Star Is Bought, which includes "a rare recording" of his popular radio show from the 1940s. Presumably a parody of dire spoken word Christmas records like Little Becky's Christmas Wish, A Daddy's Christmas is an unsentimental take on the true meaning of the season. "Getting without giving, honey, is like eating without swallowing; it's disgusting."

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