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 #7: Academy Awards Edition


Isaac Hayes (1973)

If anyone knows of a cooler musical moment than Isaac Hayes performing The Theme From Shaft on the Oscars, I'd love to hear about it.

4 comments :

Tom Sutpen said...

Well, there was Rob Lowe singing "Proud Mary" with Snow White back in, I believe, '89 . . .

swac said...

Is that the same one where Merv Griffin came out singing I've Got a Loverly Bunch of Coconuts? I thought that was an acid flashback.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Is that the same one where Merv Griffin came out singing I've Got a Loverly Bunch of Coconuts? I thought that was an acid flashback.

*****
Chortle all ya want, Signor Cooke, but this . . . bixarre occurrence actually transpired (though there's a chance I got the song incorrect). The thing was a running, jumping, standing joke in Holywood for years after.

I know my jaw dropped when I saw it, because not only was it . . . what it was . . . but this was not too long after Lowe had got in hot water for videotaping himself in flagrante delicto with two beasts (one of them of the jailbait variety) in a hotel room during the '88 Democratic National Convention.

The Academy Awards are really going out on a limb this year, I thought.

swac said...

My thinking was, musically anyway, we've gone from Elliott Smith and Elvis Costello and Alison Krauss....to Counting Crows and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Devolution in full effect.