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

Ahmet Ertegun Dead at 83
When Legends Gather #184


Sam Phillips and Ahmet Ertegun

My thanks to Gavin over at Testify for letting me know of Mr Ertegun's passing and recommending this excellent image.

BBC obituary.

4 comments :

huskermould said...

This fella always had class, and treated the artists the same way.. They don't make the like this anymore...Sam Phillips, I digress...

swac said...

Well, Ruth Brown would have begged to differ, but considering the musical legacy he brought to the forefront, I'm willing to cut the Ertegun brothers a little more slack than some other '50s record moguls.

Vanwall said...

The lesser of two evils, eh?

huskermould said...

Now that my stance has been blown to tiny bits, I offer the following :

step 1 : open mouth

step 2 : insert foot