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

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #107

Tricky performs Walk Through This World with Me (1974)


Testify said...

This was, I think, the first show at the new Grand Ole Opry in Opryland. According to Colin Escott's book "The Grand Ole Opry" Nixon played Happy Birthday and My Wild Irish Rose to his wife then did a bit of yo-yoing with Roy Acuff. Acuff described Nixon as "a real trouper as well as one of our greatest presidents". However in the same book Bill Anderson recalls asking Ernest Tubb if he ever thought he'd see the day when the President would come to the Grand Ole Opry? Tubb replied "No, but I wish it had been another president!"

Fernando said...

My brain is having real trouble accepting the veracity of this photo. I just keep thinking it must, MUST, be a still from Altman's 'Nashville.'

Mike H. said...

This was toward the end, and Tricky had asked someone (Acuff, maybe?) if he wanted to go back to Washington and he could stay there.

estiv said...

In a way this event was an early confirmation of the success of the Southern strategy. Nixon's approval ratings were falling to the floor, but most members of the Opry fell all over themselves to welcome him.

Fred said...

Wearing a business suit to the Grand Ole Opry should be an impeachable offense.