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

Pickers #14


Roy Clark

4 comments :

swac said...

Got to sit down and chat with Roy after a show, talking about being at Capitol Records at the same time as Gene Vincent and Wanda Jackson (Roy played in her band), and his friendships with Buck Owens and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Damn that was a good night.

genn jene said...

...and grinners

Howdy said...

Always heard He started with Jimmy Dean and the Sausage King fired him for being a hell raiser.

swac said...

He also told me about being best friends with Roger Miller, who'd come over for BBQs, and they'd sit in the yard with their guitars, playing and making up silly songs. If I could be a fly on the wall for those sessions...