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 #31: Major to Minor



Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Major to Minor,' is Jessica Mitford

The Content

First Sequence:
Ethel Merman - Down in the Depths (On the Ninetieth Floor)
Maurice Chevalier - You've Got That Thing
The Six Hottentots (Irving Kaufman, voc.) - I'm in Love Again
Banjo Buddy - Let's Misbehave
Olive Kein - Old Fashioned Garden

Second Sequence:
Bobby Short - I'm Throwing a Ball Tonight (live)
Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin (live)
Ella Fitzgerald - Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (live)
Nat King Cole - Miss Otis Regrets (live)
Dean Martin & Sammy Cahn - You're the Top (live)

Third Sequence:
Sam Butera & The Witnesses - I Love Paris
Sonny Rollins - It's Alright With Me
Gil Evans + 10 - Just One of Those Things
Art Blakey & Paul Chambers - What is This Thing Called Love?
Eddy Duchin - Rosalie

Fourth Sequence:
Elvis Costello - Love for Sale
James Brown - Don't Fence Me In
Thompson Twins - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
George Harrison - True Love
Simply Red - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

Summation:
Miles Davis - All of You (live)

2 comments :

Howdy said...

Eddie Duchin never thought he could be in the company of the greats. Very Nice!

estiv said...

Cole Porter lives.