Hello all! How was your week? I’m desperately hoping to get decent tickets to the Springsteen concert today, so cross your fingers for me. This was kind of a sad week for music, with the death of some music industry legends. On the bright side, it’s Record Store Day tomorrow, and there will be lots of rare vinyl for you to purchase. Please go support your local record store!

  • R.I.P. Dick Clark At 82 years old and after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2004, it shouldn’t come as a shock that he passed away, but somehow the news of his death still bummed everyone out. He was one of those figures that everyone in North America knew of, and his influence on the music industry was huge. The television show American Dreams, which he produced, was the show that really began my love affair with old music – it was the show that properly developed my love for Bob Dylan – who quickly became the most important music figure in my life. Even those of us who weren’t around for American Bandstand’s run knew of his legacy, if just from growing up watching his New Years Eve specials.
  • The Band’s Levon Helm dies at 71 Earlier in the week his family prepared the world for this sad news, but it still completely sucks. I massively regret never having attended one of his live shows now. My love for handsome drummers who can sing began when I first watched Scorsese’s The Last Waltz when I was young, and was blown away by his voice and ability to keep the beat while holding a note (he was the only one in the film who didn’t need to rerecord his parts, which speaks to his pure talent). The songs he sang on always reigned supreme in The Band, and his was one of my favorite male voices on any record. He may not have been Canadian, but The Band remains the best band Canada ever gave to the world, and he was a pretty huge part of that legacy.
  • In response to Levon’s Passing Bob Dylan wrote a note about his friendship with Levon, I love this, and it also makes me sad to think that Dylan is up there in age too. I need to see him again soon.
  • 1000 Awesome Things This amazing blog came to an end this week, with the 1000th awesome thing. Sad day, but we will always have it to look back on whenever those bad days happen.
  • Finally, here’s my favorite clip of Levon Helm singing one of the best songs The Band ever recorded, in The Last Waltz. My god, that man could sing like no one else. This is the standard to which I hold all bands up to:

Now I don’t mind choppin’ wood, and I don’t care if the money’s no good.
Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest,
But they should never have taken the very best.

Lisa