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    I know this is not a baseball-related post, but I thought people wouldn't mind sending some good energy outward in memory of one of the underappreciated musical greats....Levon Helm, who was the drummer for the Band before that group made its last waltz, passed away this morning at Memorial Sloane-Kettering hospital due to complications from cancer. While his soul has moved on to that other realm, the music he has helped make with other Band members and leaves behind is unforgettable, like this classic....
     
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     R I P, Sir .......
     
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    I mean no disrespect to Levon Helm at all - AT ALL.  Nor to the posters posting about his death - they mean well.  But as most of the posts about Levon Helm are referencing songs written by Robbie Robertson and sung by RR.....it all seems very X-factor, celebrity-driven, faux upset BS to me.
    Posted by Chilliwings
    Here's one for you that Levon co-wrote with RR and sang. One of my faves. I already posted it in the music forum.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDnlU6rPfwY
     
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    I know this is not a baseball-related post, but I thought people wouldn't mind sending some good energy outward in memory of one of the underappreciated musical greats....Levon Helm, who was the drummer for the Band before that group made its last waltz, passed away this morning at Memorial Sloane-Kettering hospital due to complications from cancer. While his soul has moved on to that other realm, the music he has helped make with other Band members leaves behind is unforgettable, like this classic.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOi0tC00Luc
    Posted by teilhardian


    What a band. One of my all time favorite groups. RIP Levon.
     
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    In Response to Re: The Night Old Levon Drove Down... : Actually Chilli - I think the posts referencing whatever songs they prefer by The Band is exactly what a band is about. Levon was one part of a band that made them so great. And now he is gone. There is zero X-Factor involved. That is what made the 60's & 70's so great. Paul, John and George all did great solo music, but when they were together with Ringo - they were pure magic.
    Posted by jesseyeric
    As were Robertson, Danko, Manuel, Hudson and Levon Helm.
     
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    I mean no disrespect to Levon Helm at all - AT ALL.  Nor to the posters posting about his death - they mean well.  But as most of the posts about Levon Helm are referencing songs written by Robbie Robertson and sung by RR.....it all seems very X-factor, celebrity-driven, faux upset BS to me.
    Posted by Chilliwings
    I usually feel that way, chilli, too when people carried away with every passing celebrity death...My dad and brothers loved his music, and I guess the Band has a special place for me..I posted "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" because that was one of the memorable tunes he sang...I got to see some of Levon's musical post-Band stuff when I lived closer to Woodstock, and I enjoyed it a great deal....

     
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    Via Con Dios Leon






     
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    I mean no disrespect to Levon Helm at all - AT ALL.  Nor to the posters posting about his death - they mean well.  But as most of the posts about Levon Helm are referencing songs written by Robbie Robertson and sung by RR.....it all seems very X-factor, celebrity-driven, faux upset BS to me.
    Posted by Chilliwings


    Actually Chilli - I think the posts referencing whatever songs they prefer by The Band is exactly what a band is about. Levon was one part of a band that made them so great. And now he is gone.

    There is zero X-Factor involved. That is what made the 60's & 70's so great. Paul, John and George all did great solo music, but when they were together with Ringo - they were pure magic.


     
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    I know this is not a baseball-related post, but I thought people wouldn't mind sending some good energy outward in memory of one of the underappreciated musical greats....Levon Helm, who was the drummer for the Band before that group made its last waltz, passed away this morning at Memorial Sloane-Kettering hospital due to complications from cancer. While his soul has moved on to that other realm, the music he has helped make with other Band members and leaves behind is unforgettable, like this classic.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOi0tC00Luc
    Posted by teilhardian


    teilhardian

    About 4 years ago in the middle  of the winter I drove down to Woodstock it's an hour south and then 4-wheeled down a very icy bush lined narrow road in West Saugerties NY to number 56 Parnassus Lane to take some pictures of a house reknowned as "Big Pink". It sits off by itself lost in time unchanged from the album cover.

    The recording studio of "The Band" and Bob Dylan later the album released named "Big Pink" with that house on the cover.

    I lost my hard drive about 6 months ago unfortunately those pictures were on it, just did a search on some of the stuff I retained from that PC and those pictures from that day were not. I did want to share them.

    So looks like another trip another day with the Nikon when I have the wanderlust. What an era of great music that was. The Band, Dylan, Van Morrison, Mountain just some of the groups that were living in the little area.

    Thanks for remembering Levon.
     
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     The Band is one of my all time favorites, musicianship and creativity, what's not to like?
     
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    The Weight is one of the top 5 songs ever. It is perfectly written and perfectly sung.
     
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    I mean no disrespect to Levon Helm at all - AT ALL.  Nor to the posters posting about his death - they mean well.  But as most of the posts about Levon Helm are referencing songs written by Robbie Robertson and sung by RR.....it all seems very X-factor, celebrity-driven, faux upset BS to me. Posted by Chilliwings
    RR sang a total of one song as a member of the Band -- "out of the blue" - that's it. One song.
     
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    RIP Levon, one of the great drummers and singers to come out of the 60's and 70's. For my money the Band is one of the most underrated rock bands ever. Thank you for posting this teil, I was going to post Acadian Driftwood, but you beat me to it.
     
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    In Response to The Night Old Levon Drove Down... : teilhardian About 4 years ago in the middle  of the winter I drove down to Woodstock it's an hour south and then 4-wheeled down a very icy bush lined narrow road in West Saugerties NY to number 56 Parnassus Lane to take some pictures of a house reknowned as "Big Pink". It sits off by itself lost in time unchanged from the album cover. The recording studio of "The Band" and Bob Dylan later the album released named "Big Pink" with that house on the cover. I lost my hard drive about 6 months ago unfortunately those pictures were on it, just did a search on some of the stuff I retained from that PC and those pictures from that day were not. I did want to share them. So looks like another trip another day with the Nikon when I have the wanderlust. What an era of great music that was. The Band, Dylan, Van Morrison, Mountain just some of the groups that were living in the little area. Thanks for remembering Levon.
    Posted by ThatWasMe

    Thanks, TWM, and thanks Youk...
     
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    I mean no disrespect to Levon Helm at all - AT ALL.  Nor to the posters posting about his death - they mean well.  But as most of the posts about Levon Helm are referencing songs written by Robbie Robertson and sung by RR.....it all seems very X-factor, celebrity-driven, faux upset BS to me.
     
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    Levon was a great musician with a lot of soul. He will be missed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqIRFAbj0zg
     
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    The Weight is one of the top 5 songs ever. It is perfectly written and perfectly sung.
    Posted by jesseyeric

    One of my all time faves, also, jess.....Funny....just a few nights ago I posted "Acadian Driftwood" after Carnie told me he was part Acadian....For my money, that piece was one of the best historical musical laments ever done....Listening to it again got me into a Band listening mode the past week or so, and then I saw the Times article..God rest his soul...
     
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    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....
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    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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    In Response to Re: The Night Old Levon Drove Down... : As were Robertson, Danko, Manuel, Hudson and Levon Helm.
    Posted by carnie


    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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    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

    Very cool iamme...Nice memory...
     
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    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


    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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    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


    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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    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

    Ditto, jess...
     
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    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

    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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    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

    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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