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 #614

Al Kooper, Norman Rockwell and Mike Bloomfield


Robert Fiore said...

Renowned illustrator thanks the two brave young men who saved him from drowning . . .

markxus25 said...

Obvious reason for the auspicious meet: Rockwell painted the album cover for The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, recently re-released on CD.

estiv said...

Ties in with the Hammond organ post, as Al was a real champion of the instrument in the rock era, e.g. "Like a Rolling Stone."

nestmeister said...

Al Kooper turned up to the 'Like A Rolling Stone' sessions to play guitar, but says that he heard Mike Bloomfield play and saw his guitar career end right there.

In order to get in on the recording, he jumped on to the Hammond and began tinkering, prompting Tom Wilson, the producer, to say, 'Man, that guy's not an organ player.'

Kooper: 'So my twisted Gospel met Dylan's twisted rock 'n' roll... and it was a very excellent marriage.'

Bloomfield is woefully unknown by the masses these days. Along with Rory Gallagher and Peter Green, one of my favourite white blues pickers.

marietta said...

Norman,the whole humanity a. geniality is in your friendly face,thanks tom.