Saturday Single No. 389

We’ll be brief here this morning, as the Texas Gal and I have a number of errands to run today and not much energy to do so, as we’ve both been a running at a little bit less than 100 percent the past few days.

I was going to use the cherished cliché “under the weather,” but I realized that our weather’s been far too odd in the past week to merit any kind of comparison. The winter storm that came through this week – running from Wednesday afternoon into early Thursday morning – dropped about ten inches of snow here. I’d heard that it would deliver four to five inches, and Wednesday morning, I looked at the two cars and decided that clearing five inches of snow from them the following morning would be do-able. Thus, I did not put them in the garage.

That was a bad call: Not only did I have to clean nearly a foot off the Versa, but having the two cars parked in the driveway blocked the upper portion of the driveway from Steve the Snowplow Man. And the ten inches there became my responsibility. After Steve came through, I moved the Versa to the turnaround Steve plows adjacent to the driveway, shoveled a path from the house to that turnaround, and left the upper driveway – and our little-used Cavalier – to the ministrations of the sun. And this morning, nearly all the snow is gone.

Nevertheless, we’re both stretched a bit thin today, and we do have things to do, so I’m going to quit carping about the weather and get to music for a brief bit.

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the past few weeks absorbing the CD/DVD package titled Love For Levon, documenting the October 3, 2012, concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey, designed as both a tribute to the late Levon Helm of The Band and a fund-raiser to ensure that the storied Midnight Rambles – intimate musical gatherings at Helm’s property in Woodstock, New York – can continue.

The list of performers who showed up – and whose performances are documented on the two CDs and two DVDs in the package – is impressive: Helm’s daughter Amy and the rest of the band that backed her father in the last years of his life, supplemented by a cluster of musicians that included producer/bassist Don Was, all backing performances by, among others, Gregg Allman, Warren Hayes, Jorma Kaukonen, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Bruce Hornsby, Jakob Dylan, John Hiatt, John Prine, David Bromberg, Grace Potter, Joe Walsh, Roger Waters, the band My Morning Jacket, and Helm’s long-time Band-mate Garth Hudson. It was a great show.

Also on the program was Marc Cohn. Most of the tunes performed during the show were from Levon Helm’s catalog of songs by The Band or that he’d performed or recorded during his solo career. Cohn’s contribution was different. He offered a song he’d recorded for his 2007 album Join The Parade, a song titled “Listening To Levon.” Although I was unaware of the tune until the Love For Levon package came my way, I’ve listened to it – both the live version from the show and the studio version from 2007 – numerous times since. And I think it’s both a remarkable performance and a remarkable piece of songwriting.

So here’s the 2007 studio version of Marc Cohn’s “Listening To Levon,” and it’s today’s Saturday Single.


One Response to “Saturday Single No. 389”

  1. Paco Malo says:

    “Listening to Levon” is giving me chills. Record of the Year for 2007, with a bullet.

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