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

Willie Mitchell Dead at 81

Willie Mitchell dead at 81 Tom Sutpen
Sad news from Testify overnight that Willie Mitchell had passed away. In Testify's words; "Born in Mississippi in 1928. Willie's greatest success came after he signed to Hi Records in 1962 where, along with having recording cool instrumentals such as '20-75', he produced some of the finest southern soul ever pressed on vinyl by artists such as Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson, Otis Clay and, of course, Al Green."

My thanks to Testify for alerting me to his passing and the summary.

3 comments :

Kreisler said...

One of the greatest producers and a fine musician in his own right. Click this for some of his best solo stuff:
http://funky16corners.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/willie-mitchell-rip/

Patrick said...

The Lasting Tribute website in the UK has updated its memorial pages to include Willie Mitchell.

http://www.lastingtribute.co.uk/tribute/mitchell/3221882

It's a respectful memorial to the man and his work and somewhere to pay tribute to the family's fortitude at this difficult time.

And they monitor EVERY comment so that nothing offensive or inappropriate is published.

preston122 said...

Terrific tribute in Memphis alternative weekly:
http://www.memphisflyer.com/SingAllKinds/archives/2010/01/05/rip-poppa-willie-mitchell

Memphis daily paper article:
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/jan/05/musician-music-producer-willie-mitchell-dies-age-8/

Memphis-based FB tribute page:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=242244419338&ref=nf