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 #6


Santa Claus Is Surfin' to Town b/w Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (instr.)
Soupy Sales
Reprise Records single #244 (1962)


Here's some entertaining silliness from the man in the big bowtie and floppy hat, Soupy Sales. The title of the A-side is self-explanatory, you can pretty much hear it in your head before you even play it, but with production and arrangement by the great Jack Nitzsche, using the mighty Wrecking Crew, it's hard to resist this remarkably brisk (1:35!) rock and roll take on the kids' Christmas standard.

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