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 #9

Solomon Burke


Testify said...

Wow so thin...

Richard Gibson said...

Testify: did you go to the Solomon Burke plus Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Royal Festival Hall that time?

I went, the guy was huge. I don't think he even got out of the chair.

Testify said...

Yeah, I was there. Good night I thought. I saw Burke again last year at the Barbican and he was if anything even larger! I was on the front row and the women playing violin asked me to take some pics of her playing with Burke, it was quite tricky, though, as he remained Throne bound throughout (chair is too plain a word for the baroque monster he sits upon). Actually one of the drawbacks to being down front is I got to see(albeit in blackout)the painful effort that simply getting in an out of a throne cost's King Solomon.
Having said that I do think he is one of those artists best appreciated live. His 1981 Soul Alive album is probably my all time favourite live album. Sadly (and I think I'm right in saying this)it is not currently available on CD.

David said...

This photo must be from about 1969.

I was at the Barbican last year just behind the front block. Wonderful concert!!

I have also seen him at Nottingham, Gateshead and was even lucky enough to meet Solomon backstage in Belgium two years ago.

I just wish that there was some early footage of the King performing, he seems to be the only Soul singer of that era that there are no clips of.

Lets home he comes back to England this year, as Solomon is in Europe throughout June, July, August and doing Montreux Jazz this year.

Nick said...

You owe him an Obit.