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

Soul Stirrers #3

Booker T. and the MGs


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Ah, 926 East McLemore Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, site of one of the wittiest band shots ever. This made my day; thanks for posting.

swac said...

Love this album. I think there's a George Benson take on Abbey Road with the same idea for a cover, but this is a much better record. Available on CD too (as is their soundtrack for Jules Dassin's Uptight, which I really need to see).

anodyne Brownie said...

Green Onions!!!

Richard Gibson said...

I went to McLemore Avenue on my trip to Memphis and to this location. It was just before the Stax Studio reopened as a Museum.

Peter Nellhaus said...

I visited the Stax-Volt museum in July of 2004. Worth going to along with Sun Records if you're in Memphis.

Richard Gibson said...

On day I will go back to Memphis, there were so many things I missed and seeing this museum is one of them.
The museums in Memphis were really good.

I did go to a talk at The Barbican when the 'It Came From Memphis' season was on around 2005 and heard the Head of the Museum who worked at Stax give a little talk, William Bell was also there. A very cool season for us Londoners.