Saturday, 5 May 2012

RIP Levon Helm

11 comments:

Scrobs... said...

Lils, thanks to you, I have a very special album of his.

Back in the 60s/70s, I used to covet 'The Band' album, and used to pick it up - and put it down again, as it was too much at the time.

The reason? Because John Peel had played 'Rocking Chair' one evening, and it has remained a favourite all these years! In fact, I was going to post a Levon Helm obit today, but the new Blodger system made the whole post look ridiculous, so I strayed across to write another one, (which you've kindly responded too - with hilarious results)!

'Rocking chair' was one of the first songs I ever played to the future Mrs S all those years ago, and she still remembers it with love and affection!

'Oh to be home again, back in ol' Virginnie...'

Levon Helm was such a brave guy, and after 'Dirt Farmer', I spent many a happy hour on Youtube, picking out the best bits.

Sad to say, I sold 'The Band' album, (eventually bought while nobody was looking), only last month on Scrobay, and made a fortune (to me that is...)!

Thanks for this - he's a hero still.

idle said...

I have just managed to send 5 17yolds up to bed. They coulda stayed up, but 2 of them need to be at Goodwood at 10am, so I said the bar closed at 1am.
What I am taking a long time saying is that one, boyfriend of younger idle daughter, played endless Dylan/Doors/Floyd on the ipod after dinner, whilst another (future duke - get me!) was determined to play Vincent as a last song. I enforced my laird's rights and sent them to bed with a live version of Old Man by Neil Young which I captured from the beeb last week. They loved it, as I knew they would.

rvi said...

Lils, that was much better than that Oyster stuff. Foot-tappingly good and made me want to get up and jive, but the ol' bones yer know....

PS: Nice to see you back (to see you back, nice) and contributing again to our entertainment. Long while since we last saw your current playlist...

lilith said...

A fine musician and a brave bloke no doubt Scrobs!. He had serious swing and I love the video to the title track of Dirt Farmer, here.

Idle, those future dukes eh? We had a great great (great?) grandson of Queen Victoria to a few gatherings here. Calfy started to teach herself Old Man on the banjo but I am not sure how far she got. They have all been brainwashed by their hippy parents in utero ;-)

RVI I can't stand still to Levon!

Scrobs... said...

Is that Garth Hudson playing accordian Lils?

I just love that song - the video is absolutely marvellous!

lilith said...

I know nothing of the accordion player Scrobs :-(

It is a really special vid and song though isn't it? All those arthritic ancient farmers that were about when Levon was a nipper still buzzing about on their tractors. It is a hymn for our times.

lilith said...

Levon's Dad was called Diamond and he was a dirt farmer.

Electro-Kevin said...

Lilith - Brainwashed by their parents in Utero ?

Google doesn't show an American state of that name.

lilith said...

Kev, I think a Utero is an Australian pick-up that has been super charged...

Electro-Kevin said...

The only problem is that it's off the road for one week every month.

lilith said...

You can generally keep them going all month by loading them up with gin and chocolate...