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

Goodbye, Mama Feelgood

Lyn Collins, 1948-2005

Singer Lyn Collins dies at 56

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Lyn Collins, whose funky vocals landed her a spot in
James Brown's stage show and the nickname "Female Preacher," died of
cardiac arrhythmia Sunday, said her son. She was 56.

Collins, whose voice also was sampled in the 1980s hip-hop hit "It
Takes Two," died Sunday night at Huntington Memorial Hospital in
Pasadena, her son Bobby Jackson said Monday.

Collins, who lived in Abilene, Texas, was visiting the Los Angeles
area after having returned from a tour in Europe last month. She was
due to start touring again next month.

Collins took up singing as a teenager. At 14, she married a man who
worked as the local promoter for the James Brown Revue. Brown heard
Collins sing and in 1970 she was invited to join his traveling show.

Her powerful voice led Brown to nickname her the "Female Preacher,"
and two years later, she cut her first solo album, "Think (About
It)." In 1975, Collins released "Check Me Out If You Don't Know Me
By Now."

Over the years, Collins' songs have also appeared in various
compilations, but it was hip-hop duo Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock who
exposed Collins' work to a new generation when they sampled one of
her songs for their 1988 hit "It Takes Two."

Since then, other contemporary R&B and rap artists have also mined
Collins' songs, including rapper Ludacris.


PF said...

I love this blog...

swac said...

Thanks Pedro! I can't read Spanish (lousy Canadian education system...) but there's some interesting stuff on yours too. Art Tatum! Benny Carter! Hooray.

PF said...

I'm not spanish... i'm PORTUGUESE... from PORTUGAL. It´s like if I thought you were from USA. :)

swac said...

Well, color me o vermelho enfrentou. :)

Maybe I should move to Maine...but it'll take some time for me to spell "colour" as "color"...I thank loki that the Maritime dialect doesn't allow for that "oot and aboot" thing that everyone goes on aboot. Uh, about.