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Levon Helm was voice of an earlier America

Levon Helm
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While Levon Helm’s death hit hard anyone who loved rock ’n’ roll, the sadness may feel universal but also very specific. Everybody of a certain age (mine, and younger) remembers the first impact of that voice. It seemed to emanate from deep in the past and wield a strange healing power, especially as it hit us all at a bad moment of national torment. At the dizzying dawn of a new, confused and conflicted America, ...

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April 26, 2012
10:34 a.m.

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Thank you for this great column. Although I had never seen Levon and/or The Band, their music will always be a part of our history.

April 28, 2012
5:24 p.m.

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Thank you, Michael, for probably the best remembrance of Levon that I have seen. He was one of a kind, and he touched so many people's hearts, minds, and, indeed, souls. I never had the good fortune of meeting him (although I did meet Rick Danko a couple of times). On stage, he simply seemed to love what he was doing. It was never a chore for him to be playing music. He WAS the music. It was pulsing in his heart and through his veins.

When members of the Tea Party say that they want to take the country back, I doubt that they want to take it back to where it was in yours, Levon's--and my--minds. But if people would listen--really listen--to the lyrics of some songs that he wrote, perhaps we could learn something. Something really important for the future of this country.

Again, thank you, Michael. RIP, Levon.