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 #4


Jingle Journey
Nat King Cole & Danny Kaye
from the Dec. 25, 1963 episode of The Danny Kaye Show


I've cheated before (posting a clip of Jerry Lee Lewis singing White Christmas on a Johnny Cash Christmas special) and I'm cheating again, but who's going to complain when it's a fun cut like this duet between Nat King Cole and Danny Kaye, doing a stylistic mashup of Jingle Bells complete with ethnic humour. Three years later, Kaye would do the same shtick with Peggy Lee, but that's for another time. The whole special is viewable on YouTube, but for some reason not up here in Canada.

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