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 levonhelm.com:
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.)