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

When Legends Gather #84

Grace Slick and Janis Joplin


Vanwall said...

Grace was the reason I have never liked the use of falsetto in rock & roll - if it's in a woman's range, use a woman singer fer crissakes! Grace had such a wonderful voice for R&R, and wasn't the only one out there. Not that everything she did was great, but the early JA work was awesome. I'm sure the often unspoken prejudice back then against a girl in a rock band was the real reason so many songs lacked the extra beauty that a woman's voice can bring - regardless of genre. Blues and R&B weren't quite so macho, IMHO. Rock doesn't seem to be that way any more, tho, thank god.

iCandy-0 said...

what a hot picture. Two of my early heroes (before I admitted to myself that I simply cannot sing well).