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

They Were Collaborators #713

Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks


Mikel J said...

Thank You for amazing me again. Ronnie Hawkins made some fantastic records, in particular '40 Days', 'Mary Lou' among others. Forty Days can be found here (For A Few Days) at my Mediafire account. Enjoy

estiv said...

That is a very young Levon.

swac said...

I highly recommend tracking down the original Ronnie Hawkins recordings (there's a two-CD set collecting all the stuff on Roulette Records), those things just cook. Especially their version of Bo Diddley's Who Do You Love, which rivals the original in Hawkins' unhinged delivery and Robbie Robertson's brilliant guitar playing.

colter said...

Anybody know where I could get a hard copy of this photo?

swac said...

The offices of Roulette Records?