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

Isaac Hayes Dead at 65

Read the obituary from Reuters India, here.


Testify said...

R.I.P Black Moses

Mr DeBakey said...

I plugged my copy of Shaft into the DVD last night.
That opening sequence is one of the best ever.

The Special Features on my release of the DVD has a little behind-the-scenes film.
It includes sequences in the studio where Parks is working with Hayes & the band to put the soundtrack together.

The film itself - Its good, very good in some ways, but parts of it are dated now.
Especially the super-cool, take no shit Shaft persona; it seems a little forced today.

R.H. said...

Who dat dood?

swac said...

Frig, I go away into the wilds of Newfoundland for a week, and I miss this?

Weirdly, I included Hayes' Do Your Thing on the mix CD I made just for the trip.

His music helps make Shaft great for sure, I also enjoyed the use of some of his tunes (including a sublime Walk on By) in Dead Presidents.

I should rush home and put on my Truck Turner t-shirt post haste.