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 #5


Sam Cooke

9 comments :

Sam's Neph said...

Quite often, the phrase “dynamic individual” is used to describe extra-ordinary people. The American Heritage Dictionary defines dynamic as “characterized by progress or activity… by vigor and energy”, and the word typically sums up what we want to say about a person who gives above and beyond what is expected of them. To say Sam Cooke was a dynamic individual, however, would be like describing the Universe using the nine planets that make up our solar system; it’s a good start, but the expanse left undefined is simply too vast to ignore.

Sam Cooke was one of the most multi-talented, multi-faceted individuals to have lived in the 20th century...

Excerpt from “Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family's Perspective” by Erik Greene
www.OurUncleSam.com

Suz said...

Makes me want to start smoking again.

Great singer, but even greater photo.

Marshall P. Smith said...

Sadly he died under suspicious circumstances.

My favorite Sam Cook song was the 1960 RCA Victor release 'Chain Gang'

swac said...

Great singer, or the greatest singer?

When I listen to the Harlem Square Club recording it's hard for me to argue the latter.

Mac said...

I'd easily go with greatest.
"Sam Cooke is somebody other singers have to measure themselves against, and most of them go back to pumping gas." - Keith Richards

swac said...

Yeah...the only guy who comes close for me is Otis Redding, but Sam wins out for the sheer textural brilliance of his voice and all its different shadings.

But I still get chills from both of 'em.

HenryW said...

And then there's Ira Tucker, Sr., Paul Owens, Claude Jeter, Archie Brownlee and all the other giants of gospel who didn't cross over.

Neil said...

I have a framed limited edition (41 of 500) photo with the Michael Ochs stamp on it - any idea where I can get another?? Sam Cooke is one of the coolest men ever!!

Neil said...

I have a framed limited edition (41 of 500) photo with the Michael Ochs stamp on it - any idea where I can get another?? Sam Cooke is one of the coolest men ever!!