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Levon Helm

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Levon Helm, The Band
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As you have no doubt heard elsewhere, Levon Helm has died after a long battle with cancer.  I thought about doing a Top Five list, but it struck me that to list the Top  Five of anything Levon would diminish him.  One good clip is better.

I saw Levon perform twice, once in London, England in 1974 with The Band and again two years ago with his own band in Vancouver, BC.  It occurs to me that the first occasion was roughly two years before The Band famously played their last concert styled as “The Last Waltz” and that the second occasion was two years before his death.  I am grateful to have seen the bookends of his storied, and influential career.  I will regret to my grave not having attended a “Midnight Ramble” at Levon’s barn in Woodstock but will forever live it vicariously through my friend Evie.

What a fine passage he had.