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

Ancient Voices #30

Elizabeth Cotten


estiv said...

Beautiful face, beautiful soul. I spent part of last year learning to play Freight Train.

markxus25 said...

A great southpaw, upside down fingerpicker, very influential to the folk pickers back in the day. Housekeeper for the Seeger family, who recorded her and popularized her songs. She did well during the Great Folk Music Scare of the 60's, and was comfortable in her later years. Lived to be 92. Hope she can hear old Number 9 as it goes rolling by.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

Going to school inChapel Hill in the mid-60's and having the opportunity to see Ms. Cotten live on several occasions was a great blessing.

dlwilson26 said...

That sure looks like Sun Ra!