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 #12


Ike and Tina Turner

11 comments :

Maureen said...

Scary.

Timmy said...

Ike was a true inovative musician. He influenced far more than was commonly revealed. A Blues giant. A Rocker. A Wildman. If you're scared, stay away, like Tina shoulda done. Besides that, I'm sure she got a few licks in, I wouldn't mess with her. Kick MY ass, fo' sho'!

Robert said...

I was listenin' to some of Ike's early cuts. Blisterin' guitar work. Burned into my head.

Tommy O'C said...

Actually, they don't look a bit like Angela Bassett or Laurence Fishburne.

Gerard Saylor said...

Rocket 88

F.G. Marshall-Stacks said...

1. Being a great muso doesn't mean you are a good person.
2. Often, being famous performer is a handicap to getting proper diagnosis and treatment. eg:
Dudley Moore, Spector, Jacko etc.

I read Tinas biog.

Richard Gibson said...

Fantastic!

You can never have enough Ike & Tina in your life.

swac said...

Don't cry for me, Ike and Tina.

Fred said...

And the beat goes on.

Sorry...

Gene Casey said...

Right, Ike was the only artist in history to ever slap his woman...

C. said...

Every young woman who plans on wearing high heels should STUDY Tina Turner.