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 #4: The Race Business

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'The Race Business,' is Syd Nathan.

The Content

First Sequence:
Charlie Haden and The Liberation Music Orchestra - Song of the United Front
Saul Aarons - Old Paint (The Horse with the Union Label)
The New Singers - Rise Up (Comintern)
Paul Robeson - Spring Song
Billy Bragg - The Internationale

Second Sequence:
The Miracles - Way Over There
Bob Kayli - Tie Me Tight
Debbie Dean - A New Girl
Mary Wells - I Don't Want to Take a Chance
The Satintones - Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart

Third Sequence:
The Beatles - September in the Rain
Eddie Kirkeby & His Orchestra - Too Many Tears
Tony Bennett, w. Count Basie & His Orchestra - With Plenty of Money and You
Bing Crosby, w. Guy Lombardo & The Royal Canadians - Young and Healthy
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - By a Waterfall

Fourth Sequence:
Coley Jones - Army Mule in No Man's Land
Lonnie Johnson - Got the Blues for Murder Only
Honeyboy - Bloodstains on the Wall
Hattie Burleson - Sadie's Servant Room Blues
Ishman Bracey - I'll Overcome Someday

The Flaming Lips - Slow Nerve Action


JimmyNicol said...

Oh, I never want to know before I listen.

But I have to know after it's struck my tympani,

Unknown said...

that's good, because I've been Shazam-ing the hell out of these things.

Frank Coleman said...

What Jimmy said. I think you're really starting to hit your stride, Tom. Good work!