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

Billy Preston Dies At 59

We can forgive him for You Are So Beautiful and With You, I'm Born Again . . . he played with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and laid down some serious funk in the process.

Here's his Associated Press obituary.
"Preston also toured and recorded extensively with the Rolling Stones, playing on such classic albums as 'Sticky Fingers' and 'Exile on Main Street.' In the mid-'70s, he parted from the Stones, reportedly unhappy over not getting proper credit for 'Melody' and other songs. He reunited with the band in 1997 on its 'Bridges to Babylon' record.

"His sessions credits included Aretha Franklin's 'Young, Gifted and Black,' Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' and Sly and Family Stone's 'There's a Riot Goin' On,' three of the most acclaimed albums of the past 35 years."
Hard to beat that kinda cred.

1 comment :

Professor Batty said...

...and don't forget Sam Cooke's Nightbeat when he was a teen-ager!