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 #59: Get 'em, Dan!

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger is W.H. Auden

It is entitled Get 'em, Dan!

The Content

First Sequence:
Lulu - Vine Street
Claudine Longet - Snow
Beverley - Happy New Year
Cilla Black - I've Been Wrong Before
Dusty Springfield - I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore

Second Sequence:
We Talkies - What Are You Waiting For?
Guster - Memo to My Son
Billy Storm - Baby, Don't Look Down
The Wannadies - Short People
The Epics - There's Just No Pleasing You

Third Sequence:
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Sail Away
Steve Earle - Rednecks
Nina Simone - Baltimore
The Del McCoury Band - Birmingham
White Rabbits - The Beehive State

Fourth Sequence:
Steve Klink - Texas Girl at the Funeral of Her Father
Scott Walker - I'll Be Home
Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet - Real Emotional Girl
Harry Nilsson - Love Story (alternate take)
Randy Newman - Rolling (demo)

Studio Orchestra #1 - Unused Score Suite (from 'Cold Turkey')


estiv said...

Wall-to-wall Randall (except for the Wystan interludes) -- Tom, you're a treasure!

densestarr said...

I'm always surprised at the artistry of the Cilla Black record.