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 #21: The Deputy



Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'The Deputy,' is Eric Bentley.

Illustration: David Cairns, proprietor and author of Shadowplay

The Content

First Sequence:
Lea Nixon - Off to Find a New Land
Donovan - The Entertaining of a Shy Girl
Anthony Phillips - God, if I Saw Her Now
Chad & Jeremy - Sister Marie
Candelight - That's What I Want

Second Sequence:
Milton Brown & The Musical Brownies - Beautiful Texas
Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys - Cowboy's Swing
The Light Crust Doughboys - Sittin' on Top of the World
Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers - One Sweet Letter from You
Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys - Tennessee Waltz

Third Sequence:
Noël Coward - Matelot (live)
Ray Conniff, His Orchestra & Chorus - I'll See You Again
Pet Shop Boys - Sail Away
Paul McCartney - A Room With a View
Elaine Stritch - Why Do the Wrong People Travel?

Fourth Sequence:
The Bandicoots - Queensland Drover
Moira Lawry - The Wind in the Willows
Barry Hickey & Marian Brown - School Days End
George Cockram - Aye Fond Kiss
The Moreton Bay Bushwackers - Brisbane Ladies

Summation:
Nat King Cole - Mr. Cole Won't Rock & Roll (live)

1 comment :

Victor said...

Wow. That Pet Shop Boys song is pretty bizarre. From a Noel Coward tribute album, eh?