I'm a few weeks late with this. Sometimes it takes some time to process the events of the day or of the world.
Levon Helm passing away was an event of the world.
I didn't grow up with the music of Levon Helm or The Band. I was late to the the game. I think I started listening to them in my late 20's. Close to 20 years after they, um, disbanded. But once I did, I was done with trying to find the voice of America. It was Levon Helm. Singing about characters like Crazy Chester, Miss Anny and ole Virgil Caine.
There have been more fitting tributes to Mr. Helm in the past week or so than I could ever imagine writing myself. I'm not going to even try.
So do yourself a favor. Go and read Rob Delaney's words here. Then listen to the man himself here.
As Elton John sang, he shall be Levon.