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

Artists in Action #310

Wilson Pickett

My thanks to Jeff Duncanson for this image.


Robert Fiore said...

Isn't that Jimi Hendrix in the background? If so, shouldn't Legends be Gathering as well?

Vanwall said...

A nifty twofer.

Jordanna said...

Now I wonder if there are any photos of Jimmy James playing with Sam Cooke?

swac said...

Uh, that was me up there.

Robert Fiore said...

Hendrix thinks, "How am I ever going to upstage this guy? Maybe if I set my guitar on fire . . ."