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

The Cool Hall of Fame #5


Sam Cooke (no relation, sadly)

4 comments :

Rob said...

Man, that guy could sing. Cool is almost not enough for him.

BCNU

swac said...

I agree. And I thought I had heard everything, until one night on CBC I heard a clip from a live recording of the Soul Stirrers that apparently is only available on a massive box set for a gajillion dollars. I knew the intensity of Cooke live from the Harlem Square Club album, but nothing could prepare me for this. I sat there in the car and wept. It's probably the purest, most emotional piece of singing I've ever heard, and that's saying something. It was to spirituality and possession what Howlin' Wolf is to getting down and dirty. Lord have mercy.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

I agree. And I thought I had heard everything, until one night on CBC I heard a clip from a live recording of the Soul Stirrers that apparently is only available on a massive box set for a gajillion dollars. I knew the intensity of Cooke live from the Harlem Square Club album, but nothing could prepare me for this. I sat there in the car and wept. It's probably the purest, most emotional piece of singing I've ever heard, and that's saying something. It was to spirituality and possession what Howlin' Wolf is to getting down and dirty. Lord have mercy.

*****
Oh, great. Now I've gotta track down this recording after reading that. Though easier for me will be getting the Harlem Square Club date, which I've never heard.

Tell me it's not what I imagine it to be, Stephen.

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