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

The Gunslinger Guide to Miles Davis #4

3 comments :

Mike H. said...

This looks like after his exile, maybe around 1980...

Greg said...

He reminds me of Mars Blackmon in this picture. Mainly, it's the huge glasses.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

This would have been around 1973-75, at the peak of his cosmic, Electric Period. I'm a great fan of that era, as Miles just pushed himself beyond his limits in pursuit of his art. The music of that era - On the Corner, Get on With It, Dark Magus, Agharta, Pangaea - are still ahead of our time. He was reaching deep into the collective unconscious and not giving a damn who understood.