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 #39: A Bleak Place to Be

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'A Bleak Place to Be,' is David Foster Wallace

The Content

First Sequence:
Aretha Franklin - Mary, Don't You Weep (live)
Willie Mae Ford Smith - Singing in My Soul (live)
The Fairfield Four - Dig a Little Deeper (live)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Jesus is Everywhere (live)
Mahalia Jackson - I'm Goin' to Live the Life I Sing About (live)

Second Sequence:
Memphis Sanctified Singers - He's Got Better Things for You
The Middle Georgia Singing Convent - This Song of Love
The Carolina Ladies Quartette - My Loved Ones Are Waiting
Slim Ducket and Pig Norwood - I Want to Go Where Jesus Is
The Tennessee Mountaineers - Standing on the Promises

Third Sequence:
Brother Claude Ely - There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down
Sons of the Pioneers - All God's Chillun Got Wings
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper - Wicked Path of Sin
Roy Acuff - What Would You Do With Gabriel's Trumpet?
The Carter Family - No Telephone in Heaven

Fourth Sequence:
The Gospel Tones - Roll, Jordan, Roll
The Consolers - Glad to Be in the Number
Leon Lumpkins & The Gospel Clefs - Open Our Eyes
Julius June Cheeks & The Sensational Nightingales - Burying Ground
Cleophus Robinson, w. Sister Josephine Jones - I Can See So Much

Bob Dylan - I Believe in You (live)


Victor said...

May I say that I've been thoroughly enjoying the weekly Radio Gunslinger? I have.


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Daniel Cecil said...

This may be the best one yet. Except that Christmas mix WAS pretty jumpin'. Please keep this series going!

merritt29 said...

I just wanted to let you know that I look forward to nothing more on the web each week than this series. Keep you the great work.