- Oct 31, 2010
- Reaction score
- House Of Balloons
When I think of Levon Helm I see the picture of him in mid-song, at his drum kit, singing. In love with American music if anybody has ever been in love with anything. You can hear it; every roll, every off beat, every whoop and holler.
I suppose I take this too seriously, but it's always the mid-level artists that I mourn the most - the contributors, not the stars. Carl Wilson, Al Jackson Jr., Clarence Clemons, Lee Allen, Levon Helm. The ones who couldn't be anything but musicians no matter how hard they tried. The populace may not know them all by name, but if you excised them from the music they played on, the world would sound distinctly different.
"Tears of rage, tears of grief
Why must I always be the thief?
Come to me now, you know we're so alone
And life is brief..."
Goodnight and farewell, Levon.