Levon Helm, 1940-2012

You’re going to hear a lot of talk about musical legacies, with Levon Helm. With good reason.

“The Weight” is also about legacies. It’s about connections. It’s about forming communities. It’s about generosity and shared responsibility. And every time I see and hear my favorite artists play it, I’m grateful for Levon Helm.

I’m having problems putting the words together, so I’ll just say that “The Weight” is the closest thing to religious doctrine I have, I’m sad he’s gone, and I am grateful for his life and his work.