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

Annals of Public Performance #38


Tina Turner performs her part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, at the Apollo, 1968.

3 comments :

Fred said...

The local Oldies station has had on an A to Z of songs this weekend. When it came to R, I was so looking forward to the Ike and Tina version of River Deep, Mountain High (produced to Phil Spector), but had to settle for the Supremes/4 Tops version. Not bad, but Diana's sweet soprano was no match for Tina's gutteral rasp, which matched the songs lyrics so much better.

STARTOONZ said...

Understood,.. but, It is Jean Terrell who was The Supremes lead singer on that recording.

voyager said...

What a great photo... but than again,you can't go wrong with Tina on a stage...