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 #129


Solomon Burke

6 comments :

Sam said...
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Sam said...

Man, if have never heard his early stuff, go do it NOW. "Cry To Me" is one of the best r&b songs ever made in my opinion. I just wish he wasn't just a cult figure and should have a huge career!

Testify said...

I'm off to see big Sol at the Barbican (London) next week. Incredibly excited 'cos if Sol's records are fine its on stage he really comes into his own. check out Soul Alive! if you can get a copy.

Kreisler said...

The king of rock and soul - used to have a midget called Sammy. Solomon Burke would throw his cape off and the cape would leave the stage by itself, Sammy pulling away underneath. That's a stage show.

SomeNYGuy said...

What's with the fingernails?

Testify said...

Well I just got back from Sol's gig and he was FANTASTIC (better even than 5 years ago when I last saw him). BTW he still has those funny fingernails ... I was right down the front and I saw.