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 #36: Passions of a Man



Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Novelty,' is Charles Mingus

The Content

First Sequence:
Phil Leeds - Would You Believe It?
Bing Crosby - It's the Same Old Shillelagh
Buddy Hackett - Chinese Rock & Egg Roll
Louis Prima & His Orchestra - Please No Squeeza da Banana
Fred Astaire - Puttin' On the Ritz

Second Sequence:
Peter Sellers - Any Old Iron
Jay North - Little Boy Blues
Jackie Gleason - One of These Days... POW!
Jim Backus - I Need a Vacation!
Bernard Bresslaw - You Need Feet

Third Sequence:
Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band - Black Superman
Joel Grey - Brigitte Bardot
Skip Batton - The Ballad of Dick Clark
The Creep - Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean
Tiny Tim - I Saw Mr. Presley Tiptoeing Thru the Tulips

Fourth Sequence:
Billy Murray - The Little Old Ford
Ross & Sargent - Nellie the Nudist Queen
Unknown Artists - The OKeh Laughing Record
The Hoosier Hot Shots - Connie's Got Connections in Connecticut
Billy Merson - The Night I Appeared as Macbeth

Summation:
Stan Freberg (w. Shorty Rogers) - The Three Little Bops

1 comment :

swac said...

When I was in junior high school jazz band, my teacher told me my trumpet playing reminded him of the wolf in The Three Little Bops. Sadly, I got the reference.