Tag Archives: The Band

Levon Helm dead at 71


Levon Helm, second from left, in the cover photo for the Band’s second album. From the L.A. Times’ music blog: Levon Helm, the widely respected and influential singer and drummer with the Band, whose Arkansas drawl colored the group’s signature … Continue reading

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Shine On Brightly


The chandelier in sinful swing as gifts for me the three kings bring of myrrh and frankincense, I’m told, and fat old Buddhas carved in gold Google the lyrics of the title song of Procol Harum’s second album, Shine On … Continue reading

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Don’t judge me by my shoes…


The Band was peaking as a creative force when “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” appeared on their second album. The song’s subject is a rural victim of the Great Depression who joins a labor union to avoid starvation. His plight … Continue reading

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Mitchell’s ‘Coyote’ still lean and mean


Recently, watching the Band back Joni Mitchell on “Coyote” (the video I put up here has been blocked) in Martin Scorcese’s The Last Waltz, I wondered about the link between cocaine and the fashionably emaciated look in the 1970s. Never … Continue reading

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