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

Bo Diddley Dead at 79

Bo Diddley, perhaps the last great Rhythm & Blues sorcerer to walk among us,
has passed away at the age of 79.

Here is the Associated Press account


Testify said...

Bo Diddley; Gunslinger! Rest In Peace.

Vanwall said...

He shaped our musical world some, for the good. His kind of basic genius will not pass this way again.

swac said...

Had guitar...did travel.

Who do you love?

Peter Nellhaus said...

I'm so glad I got to see him in concert in 1975.

swac said...

A friend of mine passed along a link where you can download Bo Diddley's Beach Party, a live album recorded in Myrtle Beach, SC in 1963, as yet unreleased on CD.


azfad said...

RIP - one of the foundations stones of Rock n' Roll