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

They Were Collaborators #423

The Bar-Kays


Testify said...

One of my favourite moments on film is in Wattstax, it s just a glimpse but it's fabulous, the Bar Kays are seen swaggering through the airport, as they arrive from Memphis, in full pimpadelic finery truly only a whisker away from their stage costume in its absurd splendour. Anyone not prepared to show that kind of commitment has no business being in a band IMHO.

SonDan said...

I have 3 words for this photograph.
Fab!U!Lous! Thanks so much for sharing!
Hard to believe we dressed like that back in "the good old days"

Cinebeats said...

Glad you liked the photo. The Bar-Kays are fabulous and I thought they were one of the highlights of Wattstax, which is an amazing film that has lots of terrific moments!

swac said...

Funny...I just ordered some Bar-Kays and Mar-Keys CDs, after watching the recent Stax documentary Respect Yourself. (Recommended...some great footage on there.)