The Night Old Levon Drove Down...

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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Night Old Levon Drove Down... : My post was WAY too strong, and I particularly regret the last paragraph referencing x-factor and faux upset. I stand by my pro-song writing bias, but otherwise it was nonsense. Apols to all.
    Posted by Chilliwings[/QUOTE]

    No, it was not nonsense. I understand the value you put on songwriting and that is fine.

    But when you look at The Band, we should all see how a group of Canadians and one American managed to set the standard the for an Americana type band. The music varied from folk, to Hillbilly to blues to Southern Rock.

    The Band was a true band.
     
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    jess, chili, Tiel, TWM, iamme; et al.-- not looking to bump this up again, but I just read this from bernie taupin ... and what can I say ... only a writer can write this. Its glorious:

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    Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriter and the band who penned the tune "Levon" (named after Helm), wrote this remembrance on his website:

    "The first time I heard Levon Helm's voice was in a small record shop on Berwick Street in Soho London sometime around 1969. What was it like? Paul on the road to Damascus!

    "Oh, I guess I just want to say all these things about the earth and granite of his being, the raw Appalachian timber of his voice and the powerful sway of his backbeat. The throb of his tom-toms the first time I heard 'Tears Of Rage' and that wicked, knowing smile recounting tales of Carney barkers and backwater medicine shows. I'm thinking about him behind that economical kit, the way he hunched his shoulders and turned into the mike like a coiled spring when he sang.

    "He was one of three great singers in The Band, three of the greatest singers in any band, and the last of those three to leave us. What other band under God's great Heaven gave us a trio of such eloquent and awesome sonic tools? Richard Manuel had an otherworldly voice, ethereal and legitimately spooky in the best way possible. Rick Danko, with whom I spent some questionably manic moments and cerebral hours and whom I loved dearly, sang like an unfettered young buck, all tremulous beauty and with poignant longing. Anyone doubting this just listen to his vocal on 'It Makes No Difference' from the 'The Last Waltz' soundtrack, one of the best live vocal performances I've ever heard.

    "Then there was Levon: a voice that seemed as it was birthed from the land from which he sprung. Rich as Arkansas soil and raw as a plug of tobacco, gnarly as knotted pine and so expressive it seemed like he was chewing on the words before they left his mouth. Now he's gone and our anemic musical horizon has one less icon to cling to and one more legacy to embrace.

    "We're blessed that he battled his illness and conquered it for a spell, pushed back the inevitable, stuck up his hand and like some hard scrabble farmer in a gothic Southern novel said “Whoa boy, I ain't done ploughin'.”

    "He participated in some of the greatest music I've ever heard and because of him and the boys in The Band, my soul is clearer of musical debris and tuned into the lyrical soul of the American heartland and the soul of Appalachia.

    "If I'm any good at what I do, it's because he inspired me to be better.

    "Sleep with angels, Levon. Say hi to the boys, and see you in church."

     
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    [QUOTE]I felt bad when Johnny Cash died and I will feel terrible when Willie Nelson is gone but doesn't this belong on the Music Forum?
    Posted by Calzone65[/QUOTE]

    Pike - no disrespect intended, but until you are named official BDC moderator, it isn't your place to tell us what we can & cannot bring up in the course of our daily discussion.

    Levon Helm and the Band are just as important to many of us as baseball is. There is a Helm thread in the music forum, but not everyone goes to the musc forum, so if they want to say something here, what harm can it do?
     
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    used to catch the band when they were backing up Ronny Hawkins on the Yonge street strip many years ago.Buy a $1 beer and listen to some great tunes....hey "Maybalene" why can't you be true
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Night Old Levon Drove Down... : Teil - The Weight is one of the most lyrically perfect songs you can find in the history of music. It is truly a song that I will never get tired of listening to. It cannot be overplayed in my heart. And Levon's voice took it to another place.
    Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]
    Thought you might find this interesting, jess...

    According to songwriter Robertson, "The Weight" was inspired by the films of Luis Buñuel, about which Robertson once said:

    "(Buñuel) did so many films on the impossibility of sainthood. People trying to be good in Viridiana and Nazarin, people trying to do their thing. In ‘The Weight’ it’s the same thing. People like Buñuel would make films that had these religious connotations to them but it wasn’t necessarily a religious meaning. In Buñuel there were these people trying to be good and it’s impossible to be good. In "The Weight" it was this very simple thing. Someone says, "Listen, would you do me this favour? When you get there will you say 'hello' to somebody or will you give somebody this or will you pick up one of these for me? Oh? You’re going to Nazareth, that’s where the Martin guitar factory is. Do me a favour when you’re there." This is what it’s all about. So the guy goes and one thing leads to another and it’s like "Holy ...., what’s this turned into? I’ve only come here to say 'hello' for somebody and I’ve got myself in this incredible predicament." It was very Buñuelish to me at the time.[7]"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weight
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Night Old Levon Drove Down... : As were Robertson, Danko, Manuel, Hudson and Levon Helm.
    Posted by carnie[/QUOTE]

    It is the singing style and accent of Levon Helm that lent great character to of some of the songs he is noted for, Ophelia, The Weight, Up on Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.

     
    Garth Hudson and Robbi R. the only two members left, unreal.

    Garth still lives in the Woodstock/Bearsville area.

    I read in one of the newspapers that Robbi visited Levon in the NY hospital last week and they mended ways.

    The house they lived in "Big Pink" is unchanged and still a privately owned music studio, the small house across the street in the woods where Robbi and his live-in girlfriend lived during those recording days is empty that too unchanged.
     
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    from "the right stuff"

    Yeager (Sam shepard)  Hey Ridley, ya got any Beaman's?
    Ridley (Levon helm)  Yeah, I think I got me s stick
    yeager  Wll loan me a some will ya, I'll pay ya back later
    Ridley  Fair enough

    Yeager goes to fly the NF-104A

    Helm was also the narrator

    "There was a demon that lived in the air. They said whoever challenged him would die. Their controls would freeze up, their planes would buffet wildly, and they would disintegrate. The demon lived at Mach 1 on the meter, seven hundred and fifty miles an hour, where the air could no longer move out of the way. He lived behind a barrier through which they said no man could ever pass. They called it the sound barrier."
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Night Old Levon Drove Down... : Teil - The Weight is one of the most lyrically perfect songs you can find in the history of music. It is truly a song that I will never get tired of listening to. It cannot be overplayed in my heart. And Levon's voice took it to another place.
    Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]
    Ditto, jess...
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Night Old Levon Drove Down... : I am with you on understanding that songwriters are in a class by themselves, chilli...And I know there is no need for me to tell you that there is no need to apologize, but I will anyway...I think that RR's song "The Weight" has come into my head so many times since I first heard it, it is not funny...especially the last stanza: " Catch a Cannonball, now, t'take me down the line My bag is sinkin' low and I do believe it's time. To get back to Miss Annie, you know she's the only one. Who sent me here with her regards for everyone..."      Apparently, Annie Lee was based on Levon Helm's longtime-friend Anna Lee Amsden....
    Posted by teilhardian[/QUOTE]

    Teil - The Weight is one of the most lyrically perfect songs you can find in the history of music. It is truly a song that I will never get tired of listening to. It cannot be overplayed in my heart. And Levon's voice took it to another place.
     
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    Posted by Chilliwings[/QUOTE]
    I am with you on understanding that songwriters are in a class by themselves, chilli...And I know there is no need for me to tell you that there is no need to apologize, but I will anyway...I think that RR's song "The Weight" has come into my head so many times since I first heard it, it is not funny...especially the last stanza:
    "Catch a Cannonball, now, t'take me down the line
    My bag is sinkin' low and I do believe it's time.
    To get back to Miss Annie, you know she's the only one
    Who sent me here with her regards for everyone..."
         
         Apparently, Annie Lee was based on Levon Helm's longtime-friend Anna Lee Amsden....
     
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    [QUOTE]used to catch the band when they were backing up Ronny Hawkins on the Yonge street strip many years ago.Buy a $1 beer and listen to some great tunes....hey "Maybalene" why can't you be true
    Posted by iamme17[/QUOTE]
    Very cool iamme...Nice memory...
     
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    pri360:  I shouldn't be surprised that a great lyricist can write wonderful prose, but that is as sweet a piece of writing from Bernie Taupin as I've ever read.  Thanks for that.


     
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    That pretty much hit the nail on the head pri. Thank you for finding that.
     
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    Thanks for moving the Levon thread to the Music Forum.   I was fortunate to see the Levon Helm band last year at a music festival -- so glad I had that chance.   

    I learned from reading all the nice, reverent and affectionate comments here, along with the amazing tribute from Bernie Taupin.   Thanks so much.  

    PS Thanks to my Jessey, I now know how great "The Weight" truly is, and love the song.  :)
     
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    [QUOTE]pri360:  I shouldn't be surprised that a great lyricist can write wonderful prose, but that is as sweet a piece of writing from Bernie Taupin as I've ever read.  Thanks for that.
    Posted by EnjoyEverySandwich[/QUOTE]your avatar honors another great artist. miss warren terribly.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Night Old Levon Drove Down... : your avatar honors another great artist. miss warren terribly.
    Posted by pri360[/QUOTE]


    Me too, pri360, me too.

     

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