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 21 April,2012    Heaven's pearls / Levon Helm
Levon Helm
May 26, 1940
〜April 19, 2012
4/18 The Band のドラマーだったLevon Helm の公式サイトに家族からのメッセージが掲載された。
Dear friends,
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer.
Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.
Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance!
He did it every time he took the stage... We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy
彼は1996年に喉頭がんを発症し歌うことができなくなってしまったが、それでも音楽活動を継続、その後奇跡的に回復し、最近は良質なアルバムを発表し続けていた。彼の作品は、グラミー賞において2008年"Best traditional Folk Album"、2009年・2011年の"Best Americana Album"を受賞し、高い評価を得ていた。
Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon.
He was surrounded by family,friends and band mates
and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul.
一番 "The Band"らしい歌声は、Levon Helmがメインで歌い、Rick Dankoが高音をかぶせる響きだったかもしれない。そして、とうとう"The Band"の3人の歌声が全て失われてしまった。
最近の彼の作品は本当に素晴らしかった。2009年のアルバム "Electric Dirt"を聞きなおして、本当にそう思う。
Heaven's pearls
Life's a strain of painful things to be overcome
We mark the mile by our trials and suffer everyone
But hold them near and keep them dear
and don't be ashamed
Trials of the world are all heaven's pearls
Trials of the world are all heaven's pearls
(Amy Helm/Glenn Patscha/Byron Isaacs/Anthony Leone/Fiona McBain)

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