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 Record Men #5

 Don Robey founder/owner of Peacock, Duke and Back Beat records
(pictured with Al 'TNT' Braggs on his left and Bobby 'Blue' Bland on his right)

'(Robey) would come to believe his biracial background had endowed in him leadership characteristics from both cultures." I'm a white man and a black man," he was fond of remarking. "I'll outsmart you and kick your ass"
(from The Chitlin Circuit and the Road To Rock 'n' Roll by Preston Lauterbach)

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