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.
Garry, you took the words right out of my mouth. A uniquely American sound, even though four of the five members were Canadian. Their second albumn could be accurately described as Civil War era rock.
I heard that in the late 60's after Clapton had left Cream and Blind Faith that he asked to join the Band. They said no to his request. Even though Clapton is obviously great in his own right, I'm glad they refused him because it would have ruined the special chemistry they had.
I can certainly compliment you on your taste in music...The Band was/is my favourite and, as I think about it, I can still not think of another I could put as #1. I have a lot of #2's but THE BAND is #1 !
I'm an ol' folkie (follically challenged version from way back) and do tend towards the acoustic genre (Tom Rush is a favourtie as is my friend and associate, Performimg Artist Frank Trainor ( www.franktrainor.com ) ...there are many #3's as well. I simply enjoy good music!
geez, i grew up listening to joan baez sing this song. robertson said when he visited the south he kept hearing the phrase,"the south will rise again" and at first thought it was funny, then realized the sadness and the pain behind the words. i am normally pretty apathetic about my southern heritage, but this song does something to me. it's hard to be defeated and proud at the same time. saw levon at the ryman this summer, but the fool didn't play it! i'm still kind of peeved about that.
"...she must've associated you with...POISON IVY"!
Crap! I was just thinking about what you said. Do I make people itch?
Years ago I was up Northern NH with three sophisticated NY, NY beauties. They were having a conversation about their material... Like one was satin, one was lace, and of course one was leather. I rolled my eyes and made the mistake of asking what my fabric was... All three said "burlap" at the same time. Well, yeah!
Holy cow! I almost got whiplash when I went to there web site. It's not the Faulkner we all know and some love.
I have this idea for a video, which will be in the public domain now, but this is the kind of music I'd use... A woman talks her boyfriend into getting a puppy. It's so cute. She coos to it and hugs it. It's innocent and oh so happy. Then she leaves him alone with the puppy and the pup goes Beserker--cue the metal. Get all sorts of low angle shots of the puppy going ballistic and the guy trying to control him. Quick cut aways with interspersed slow frame rates to get a lot of blur in the action. Music fades. Girls comes home to a destroyed house. The guy is in tatters on the floor and the puppy is a puppy again. She smiles and says, "Did you have fun?" The guy smiles and says, "You were right. I do like him." Fade to black.
Baack to the music. And these guys are Christians. Heh. They're pretty good.
The Band were playing around the same time as the Everly Brothers. They were backing up Ronnie Hawkins and they were called the Hawks back then. The Everly Bros would also be on my list of greats. They influenced many groups coming after them.
There is something special about the Band thats hard to put into words. A combination of great lyrics, music, musicianship and mixing that with a historical blend of music from times past. They have their own style of music that mixes rock, gospel, dixieland, blues, folk and carney into a unique sound.
Whenever I saw them live they were always great, but at times I would have to saw that they were the only group that on occassion achieved perfection.