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 #75: Gamblers and Optimists

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger is Ingmar Bergman

It is entitled Gamblers and Optimists

The Content

First Sequence:
Marlene Dietrich - The Boys in the Back Room
Maxine Sullivan - Moments Like This
Fats Waller - Two Sleepy People
Margaret Whiting - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Valaida Snow - I Wish I Were Twins

Second Sequence:
Wynton Marsalis - Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Wonderful Copenhagen (live)
Terence Blanchard - Can't Get Out of This Mood
Bud Powell - I Hear Music (live)
The John Coltrane Quartet - The Inchworm

Third Sequence:
Emile Ford & The Checkmates - On a Slow Boat to China
Mabel Mercer - More I Cannot Wish You
Nat King Cole - Tunnel of Love
Lee Wiley - I Don't Want to Walk Without You
Danny Kaye - Anywhere I Wander

Fourth Sequence:
Frank Loesser - Organization Man
Stubby Kaye - Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat
Norman Wisdom - Once in Love With Amy
Studio Chorus - Standing on the Corner
Robert Morse, Sammy Smith & Ruth Kobart - Brotherhood of Man

Summation:
The Miles Davis Quintet - If I Were a Bell

1 comment :

estiv said...

Well then, God bless Frank Loesser.