If you haven’t heard already Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons, Elton John, Mavis Staples, T-Bone Burnett and Alabama Shakes lead vocalist Brittany Howard are going to be doing a special tribute to Levon Helm at this Sundays Grammy Awards (thanks Twang Nation for informing me).
I imagine they will play “The Weight” somewhere in there along with “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and maybe even “Up On Cripple Creek.”
But if I could make one request, I would make it a tune from his solo album Electric Dirt called “When I Go Away.”
Press play on the video below, close your eyes listen closely to the words and then continue reading below the video when its over.
How cool is that? I don’t know about you but it makes me feel a little better about the whole death thing.
Levon is trying to tell us something here. This tune needs to be blasted from loudspeakers, from every tower, every satellite because I think there are a lot people out there could use a message like this. A little less fear in this world could go a long way.
We can only hope that we are as prepared for the afterlife as Levon.
These songs are from a show I did in Minneapolis, MN in early November 2012. I’m thinking that the laid-back-seat-o-my-pants nature of this album will go great with a few beers and some good conversion or maybe some nice background music while cooking.
They songs are fairly raw – glaring mistakes and all – but the man running sound that night, Nathan Reeder, did a great job recording them and they were just begging to be set free.
Accompanying me on bass guitar was Josh Vaughn. I’ve known Josh since we were making Styrofoam skulls in 10th grade plastics class. It was cool to have him play a gig and do a little bar hopping on the way back home.
Also, BIG props to Lia Myhre from All Done Photography for getting some great shots. One of which I used for the album art.
Anyway, enough blabbing, go check it out and let me know what you think.
Before I get you to these boring videos, I have 2 things I want to share with you. First, the reason the videos are boring. Second, an opportunity for you to share your creative side with the world.
Boring Video Creation…
I read somewhere that getting your music on YouTube is a smart thing even if there is nothing more than an album cover to watch.
They say it is smart because YouTube is both the second largest search engine in the world (second only to its owner, Google) and YouTube is also one of the top places where people go to discover new music.
So rather than do nothing with the songs because I don’t have a ton of time to create epic videos, I figured I would get my ass in gear and just start creating and uploading some songs (even if they are boring to look at).
An Opportunity for You…
I figured I’d throw this out there for the hell of it. If you have an idea for a video for either of these songs, or any of my songs for that matter, feel free to download and use the song to tell your story. All I ask is that you show me when you are finished so that I can share your work with everyone.
Can you imagine being in the biggest band in the world but being so depressed that your friends are breaking into your house to steal and hiding your shotgun because they are so afraid of the state that you are in?
Or can you imagine being a music star finishing the show off the greatest show of your life only to be arrested suddenly and hauled off to prison for an indefinite amount of time?
Ok, one more. Imagine finding someone, that you know is allergic to peanuts, lying dead on the floor with a mouth full of them?
Those are just a few of the predicaments some of the characters from the following books that I’ve recently read found themselves in.
And if you like to read like me, I think you will like the following books.