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 #5
A Kovacs Moment #9


Household Holiday Blues
Edie Adams & Ernie Kovaks
from The Edie Adams Christmas Album (Omnivore Records OV-42)

It's been a good year for Ernie Kovacs fans, from the arrival of a second DVD set of his pioneering television comedy to the release of the long-shelved Percy Dovetonsils LP, on mauve vinyl no less.

As a year-end treat, Omnivore Records also graced us with a collection of recordings from Ernie's 1952 show Kovacs Unlimited, featuring his multi-talented wife Edie Adams performing Christmas songs, including a few duets with her husband, including the unique track Household Holiday Blues. The tunes are an informal affair from the days of live TV, but there's a charm and spontaneity about them that still sparkles 60 years later. As an added bonus, here's Edie in leprechaun drag doing Christmas in Kilarney, from Ernie's NBC morning show on Dec. 19, 1955.

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