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 #90

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Johnny Ray

Guest Contributor: Peteski of Nevver

1 comment :

Testify said...

Good choice. Johnny Ray was covering black artists and trying to bring some of the passion that he heard in R&B to the mainstream well before most white folk had cottoned onto Rock n Roll. I think his admiration of artists such as The Prisonaires etc was sincere and like to believe his covers were intended as homage (as well as commercial endeavour obviously).
Not to mention just how strange and unlikely a star he was. Steven Berkoff wrote a very fine essay about Ray that I would recommend wholeheartedly to any interested parties.