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 Art of the Gig #3

4 comments :

sendai said...

jesus thats one hell of a line-up.

Testify said...

Thats some line up! Where did it come from?

Richard Gibson said...

I'm pleased to see Bettye Swann on there, James Carr too.

swac said...

I interviewed Lou Adler yesterday, he booked Otis at the Monterey Pop Festival...said Redding was the most electrifying live perfomer he ever saw. And this is coming from a guy who was friends with Sam Cooke (genuflect, genuflect).

I believe him.