We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey. Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...
We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
--that was powerful --doubly so, the song performance in the 1978 Scorsese film cut in and out of the present, the text on screen telling one part of a story while the images are telling another part, it's a fine dense weave. More so that it never intended to be anything near an elegy, and yet is becoming against itself the very most moving sort of one.
Comfort and peace to you, Levon, as you walk this last path . . . may those around you find solace in the remembrance of all you've shared . . . Thank you for the gift of your music and your ready smile . . . faith, brother! and dream beautiful dreams of contented and holy tomorrows . . . as we who linger carry your memory as a reward.
I was watching an interview with Levon a few years ago when that distinctive voice made me think of "There was a demon in the sky", the opening line to the movie "The Right Stuff". I hadn't watched the movie for years but I got it out and sure enough, it was Levon. For me, that line set the tone for a great movie, I just wasn't aware at the time who the voice belonged to.
To the Helm family,to Levon's band mates, and to all of us (myself included):
Daughter, Amy, and wife, Sandy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I share, in my own humble way, those diametric emotions of loss and joy in homecoming.
I extend similar thoughts and prayers to Levon's band mates on both sides of the curtain.
I sadly express these feelings and actions to the greater "all", of which I am but one.
Loss, by its nature is indeed painful; still loss in the face of the slighted hope of the peace of eternal rest does, at least for me, put a salve on that pain.
Levon Helm, is uniquely American, and is all that is all that is good about it. He shall always remain a great man, a man of the highest integrity, of the highest principle, of the highest family values and of the highest musicanship. He is a great friend l.
Levon is unique. He stands tall as a role model, never selecting the path of "easy" over the more difficult path of "right". Let us learn from our brother, Levon.
Levon is now away from our sight gone for a while, but, it is my hope and I suspect that I am far from alone in this hope, that someday we shall all be reunited in the peace and eternal rest of "the sweet by and by".
Until then. let us honor his memory by taking that great admonition to stay and keep Anna-Lee company.