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

Instruments #1


The Hammond B-3 Organ

23 comments :

Spiracle said...

Sorry, can't seem to see past the rug and the wallpaper. Is the organ that brown area just beyond the baby-blue cushion?

chris said...

That brown area is "the many pipes in one hand"
It is the orchestra
It made a cathedral out of your parish hall
It is a limitless pallet of tone, that you address with the absolute present tense
It is an ocean chariot that allows you to navigate current
It walks and swings and carries everyone in earshot to an unexpected peace.

chris said...

That brown area is "the many pipes in one hand"
It is the orchestra
It made a cathedral out of your parish hall
It is a limitless pallet of tone, that you address with the absolute present tense
It is an ocean chariot that allows you to navigate current
It walks and swings and carries everyone in earshot to an unexpected peace.

Monique said...

Not seen in this photo: Tex and Edna Boil.

. said...

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it's awesome

Bob Probst said...

That organ needs a little Booker T

estiv said...

If there are no Hammond organs in heaven, I'm not going. I've owned a couple, and there is something about that sound that just makes me glad to be alive. God bless Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Wild Bill Davis, Joey DeFrancesco
Charles Earland, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Booker T Jones
Jimmy McGriff, John Medeski,
Alan Price, Shirley Scott,
Dr. Lonnie Smith,Fats Waller,Larry Young, et al.

Steve_W said...

Where's the Leslie Model 122 hiding?

Joe Thompson said...

Where is Jimmy Smith?

Christopher said...

not sexy

nestmeister said...

Nice fruit

westofthewest said...

This photo was taken just before Bob Jr. hopped up on the seat and started driving everybody nuts trying to learn Green Onions and 96 Tears.

Fred said...

When is Al Kooper going to show up and blow Orpheus away with his playing?

marietta said...

Arp Schnittger würde staunen über diesen purismus.

Dan said...

Ultimate Rock-and-roll tool, in the right hands.

Mr Bigpants Cock (of the) Walk said...

How about some christmas trees?

estiv said...

@marietta, thanks. By following your thread, I now know who Arp Schnitger is, and that there is a three-hundred-year-old organ in use in Brazil.

marietta said...

to estiv,arp schnitger war einer der bedeutensten orgelbauer zur zeit des hochbarocks in nordeutschland gehe mal zu google,liebe grüsse marietta.

estiv said...

@marietta, thanks, but that's what I was trying to say. I had used Google, and had read the Wikipedia article on Arp Schnitger. Fascinating, but the fact that one of his organs created in 1701 is still in use in Brazil really struck me. Not a fact I would have associated with a German organ maker of the High Baroque period.

Biomusicologist said...

This organ must have belonged to Bob Ralston.

marietta said...

Hi estiv,i have read by google all about of the "Mariana
kathedrale brasilien.thanks for the advice,my english is so bad,i dont anderstand not all,sorry.-

swac said...

This image gives me chest fever.

Clive said...

It's the B3 PLUS Leslie speaker, Tom.

Either the 122 or the 147. They go together like Laurel & Hardy!