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

The Cool Hall of Fame #65
Happy Birthday, Ornette Coleman


Even when he's blowing out candles (77), it probably sounds pretty cool.

2 comments :

mike said...

mr coleman may the cosmic revelers be forever dancing in your head. happy birthday good sir

swac said...

Just a heads up...there's a new remastered reissue of The Shape of Jazz to Come out there, courtesy of Atlantic Records. Look for the one with the cardboard cover (it's cheap too!). I don't think it has bonus tracks, but it sounds pretty sweet. Part of a new budget line of Atlantic Jazz remasterings, including things like Mingus' Blue & Roots, Monk & Blakey, Coltrane Jazz and so on.