Strength and subtlety
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Friday April 17, 2015
A Quote/Picture/Video tribute to one of my heroes, the Band’s Levon Helm.
Songs don't wear out. Good songs are good now. If they were a comfort during those hard times in the past, they'll be a comfort in today's age.
Levon Helm embodied timelessness. Everything he said sounded like the truth. Each of his vocal performances resonated soul, spirit, and truth. The strength and subtlety of his drumming is completely his own.
There’s a tenderness, warmth, and beauty to old songs. Folk, blues, country, soul, gospel, and so many others contain a limitless amount of treasures to unearth. The topics and problems the songs cover are universal. Just as they were beautiful, creative, lovely, and meaningful when they were first recorded, so they still are now.