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

Before and After #272: Jeff Beck




mister muleboy said...

Creator of the drum figure for Superstition by Stevie Wonder.

Stevie ripped him off without credit, but he did it to Jeff's face, and with a smile. . . .

Ron said...

Very cool picture of the very young Guv'nor. He's the guitarslinger that still rocks my world the most. Great quote from Nick Tosches too.

Unknown said...

Not only did Wonder steal the drums, he had promised the song to Jeff, and then turned around and released it before Jeff could release it.
I've followed Jeff for decades and it's great to see an early picture I never saw before. This has to be right as he joined the 'birds because of the haircut.