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

When Legends Gather #562


Sam Cooke, Tammi Terrell and Betty Harris

5 comments :

Kreisler said...

Betty Harris had (has) a fantastic voice - easily the equal of her two companions.

Brooks said...

A voice is good but its sex that sells.

swac said...

Betty looks pretty fine here, poodle and all. I've read she's doing live performances again after being off the radar for a while. (Maybe Betty LaVette's success gave her the idea.)

Robert said...

I disagree Kreisler. Betty Harris does have a good voice, but Sam Cooke is the greatest singer I have heard on a record.

Flynn D said...

Sorry gents. My eyes are elsewhere.
I don't care if Tammi couldn't sing a lick...