And he shall be Levon

The recent death of Levon Helm, which saddens me to no end — he was, as Bob Dylan says, a great spirit — seems a good opportunity to revive our Anxiety Jukebox feature with one of The Band’s most beautiful songs, “Stage Fright.” Levon doesn’t sing, with that tragic nasal twang he had, on this one; he’s playing drums. But he’s playing them with his customary brilliance. And hell, it’s a great tune.

One Response to And he shall be Levon

  1. Rob Taylor says:

    I’m currently listening to you on Radio Times on WHYY. I appreciate the therapy-like honesty with which you are chronicling your anxiety issues. I personally have always suffered from anxiety. I’d done brief stints of therapy – now many years ago – trying to address…to figure out…what was going on in my head. Stage freight (among other anxiety-related issues) has always plagued me. I’ve settled into a controlled co-exitence. Aging helps mellow things a bit.

    In reading your blog and coming across your post about Levon Helm, and The Band’s homage to the notion of stage freight, I just wanted to write and thank you for your glaringly honest accounting of a life lived…anxiously. That song always resonated with me, because I felt it so intensely. [I, too, mourn the loss of Levon Helm…a guy who brought an amazing and seemingly heart-felt emotion to his music.]

    By the way, Jews don’t have a monopoly on anxiety….I could give anyone a run for their money.

    Take care, and thanks for the book. I’ll read it with interest…

    Rob Taylor

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