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

Desmond Dekker dies at 64


Desmond Dekker (1941-2006)

Hard to believe I've been listening to his music for over a quarter of a century. Here's his obituary from the BBC.

4 comments :

Bill said...

It was great to hear "Israelites" coming out of a car radio in 1969. There was nothing else remotely like it on the air. I went right out and bought the album. Still have it.

mwl said...

This one affected me, too, Stephen. When I got to work this morning, I blasted some Desmond Dekker on the camera truck stereo.

I still love the Stiff recordings immensely.

m

Richard Gibson said...

Great sound, I heard this news last night on R4, they said he lived in South London.

Mike D said...

DD - one of the giants of jamaican music and the king of ska RIP