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

They Were Collaborators #674

Charlie Rich, Billy Sherrill
Charlie Rich and Billy Sherrill.


Mac said...

How many Polyesters had to die...?

Mr DeBakey said...

Fresh from a factory tour of
Fugly's, The Shirt People

Testify said...

Always a controversial figure Billy Sherrill's sound gets a lot of stick, particularly his work with Rich (fuelled in no small measure I suspect by Guralnicks obvious distaste for it.)Whilst I'm willing to admit that Behind Closed Doors and The Most Beautiful Girl In The World don't do much for me the album they come from had a big impact on the soul world, Bobby Womack was a big fan and covered a coupla tracks from it on his BW does C&W album, as did several others. After hearing Candi Staton's take on You Never Really wanted Me I was moved to return to the original and... WOW,WOW,WOW! All the country, soul and heartbreak in a single song one can stand. Elvis Costello branded Sherrill a hack after working with him on Almost Blue but go listen to Tammy Wynette's 'Til I Can make It On My Own and you'll hear why he was recently awarded the BMI Icon thingy. As a footnote Sherrill started in the music biz playing Sax in The fairlanes an R&B band which was formed by his then roomate Rich Hall (founder of Fame records) and featured Dan Penn on vocals.