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

shutterbug friday #23 Ernest C. Withers Sr

Overton Park Zoo Mempnis TN 1950s

Bus Station Memphis TN 1961

Sanitation Workers Strike 1968

Martin Luther King Jr at Medgar Evers Funeral , Jackson MS 1963 

Lionel Hampton, Memphis TN 1955
B.B. King (and Bill Harvey) 1950's

Twins at WDIA, 1948

Rufus Thomas and Elvis Presley at WDIA Goodwill Revue December 7th 1956

Harlem House Girl, Beale Street, Memphis 1950's

Young Woman With Voter Registration Card, Fayette County TN 1960

First Day of Memphis Integration 1961

1 comment :

densestarr said...

I had the good fortune to meet Ernest Withers. His office/studio was at 333 Beale St.