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 #11


Curtis Mayfield

7 comments :

Kreisler said...

We could do with a reissue of the film of 'Short Eyes'. One of Curtis Mayfield's best soundtracks and a highpoint in his solo career. The movie's been unavailable, in the UK at least, for many years.

mister muleboy said...

I'm a white punk in my late forties. I didn't get soul and r 'n b from late '60s and '70s until, oh, 2003.

This cat moves me. A sad tale, to be reemerging only to get whacked . . .

Trader said...

For a short moment, I thought he was Spike Lee. BTW, Lee was here, this week, in Montréal.

Farbror Sid said...

I think his "Pusherman" sums up the early & mid 70s... from Blax era to the KojakColumboBaretta years... at least from my point of view...

Timmy said...

One of the all ti,e best soul singers. And a great inovator of insightful expressionism... "Tryin' yo get over..."

Hobson said...

he's the man

Fred said...

My friend was at the concert where Mayfield suffered his paralyzing accident. Sad end to a true legend.