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

Jerry Wexler Dead at 91

"Just listen to `I Never Loved a Man.' Aretha was the only black
person in the room. Yet there never was a funkier record made. That
confounds every theory of racial purity in the book." – Jerry Wexler

Thanks to Testify, who found the above image and quote and notified me of his passing. The Independent's obituary is here.

1 comment :

R.H. said...

Golly, the adoring look on that man's face!