And Put The Load Right On Me

Levon’s dying. One of the voices that taught me to love music, Levon Helm, is leaving us very soon — too soon — and the news has left me feeling so very sad.

Goodbye, Levon, and thank you. I hope your journey out of this life is peaceful and painless, and that you know how important your music was in the lives of ordinary people like me.

ETA: A brilliant piece on Levon Helm in Esquire today.

ETA 19 Apr 12: And the great man is gone. According to

Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul.

Goodbye, and thank you, neighbour.

(Do yourself a favour – follow this link and go watch one of the greatest live rock performances ever recorded. Not my favourite song of theirs, but Levon’s performance is transcendent.)

3 thoughts on “And Put The Load Right On Me

  1. I hear you – this makes me sad too, even if I didn’t know it was him on those classic songs (I think my fave is Up on Cripple Creek).

  2. @Janna — I heard the news on Tuesday and I just sat down and cried. So, yesterday, BDH went out and bought me a copy of “The Last Waltz” to cheer me up. Very sweet. So last night, as a way of honouring Levon on his last ramble, I watched it.

    Well, didn’t “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down” come on, and I just lost it. That voice, that arrangement, man… it was liike a hymn. I bawled. I know he never sang that song again after that concert, but still. The loss of such a voice and a musician and a man just breaks my heart.

  3. Yup – some musicians fade away, and some last forever – Levon Helm was one of the latter. And Freddie Mercury, can’t forget about Freddie…

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