Levon Helm - Quotes

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If you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart and good performance, the song will play you.

If you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart and good performance, the song will play you.

If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out. ---->>>

Good times don't last long sometimes. ---->>>

Drums usually seem to tune themselves.

Drums usually seem to tune themselves.

Drums just always sounded like the most fun part of that good music for me. ---->>>

I don't fool with a lot of things that I can't have fun with. There's not much reward in that. ---->>>

I was in high school, trying to get out of high school. The only thing slowing me up was grades. ---->>>

When the second record came out, they started calling it The Band. I voted to call it The Crackers. I'm no fool. ---->>>

I don't think I'm a millionaire, but I'm comfortable. ---->>>

If you feel like you're getting into a rut with a song, a night off usually fixes it. ---->>>

The Jungle Bush Beaters didn't last too long as a group, but we had a pretty good time while we did. ---->>>

If it doesn't come from your heart, music just doesn't work. ---->>>

Most of our stuff was trial and error. You live with a tape recorder, you turn it on, you play the song and you listen to it. ---->>>

We all love musical architecture; there's no doubt about that.

We all love musical architecture; there's no doubt about that.

I love horns, and the bigger the band, the better it sounds to my ear. ---->>>

Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian. ---->>>

A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that I should get in the musicians' union. He gave me a set of drums and said, Stay on the job, son. ---->>>

Anytime I switch to another instrument, I immediately turn it into another kind of drum so that I can understand it better. ---->>>

With horns and a full rhythm section, the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.

With horns and a full rhythm section, the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.

I like walking on the edge. ---->>>

I've had all the lessons I could get. I've learned from everybody I've ever met. ---->>>

Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end, it's hard for me to resist. ---->>>

My parents wanted me to be smart and be a scholar, and the best I could do was graduate high school. ---->>>

Songs don't wear out. Good songs are good now. If they were a comfort during those hard times in the past, they'll be a comfort in today's age. ---->>>

Don't we all want what's best for each other? ---->>>

The Band never really played big concert tours. We never sold millions and millions of albums. ---->>>

We live in an age of miracles. ---->>>

Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up. He had a series of good bands. I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me. And he did a couple of times. ---->>>

I had throat cancer, and I had to have radiation treatments, and I couldn't sing for a long time; and this was in '97. I had 28 radiation treatments. I didn't die, thank God. ---->>>

You can either make it come around or you can't. By the time we would be ready to record a song, we would know for sure that it was the best way we could do it. ---->>>

I played some Yamaha drums that I like a lot. And I like the Yamaha people a lot too. They've been really nice to me and The Band. ---->>>

The way to do it is to put as much life into the song as I can. You can either get it to breathe or you can't. ---->>>

Forever Young, by Dylan, is one of my favorite songs. ---->>>

I never subscribe to the stay-at-home policy. I'm not sick of the road or sick of eating in good restaurants around the country. I like to travel. ---->>>

The rock star stuff never came up for us. The Band was never attacked by groupies before, during or after any show that we ever played. ---->>>

By the time The Band did The Last Waltz, the chemistry had changed, and it wasn't a thrill anymore to live that studio kind of life. ---->>>

I like to get within handshaking distance of the crowd. If it happens, they know it, we know it, and that's all we came here for. ---->>>

I've always thought it was easier for girls to sing harmonies because their voices can go to that higher plane so much more easy than a male voice. ---->>>

If things are going slow, I'm itchy. ---->>>

It's different playing in a studio than it is playing live, of course. ---->>>

My dad and I played music. He teaches me a song or two every time I'm home. ---->>>

There were no rules, other than that the song should sound good and be fun to play. ---->>>

Well, somebody's got to sing. They won't hire you unless you sing. ---->>>

When I was younger, I used to drive up to a bunch of turkeys, roll down the window and say something. They'd all gobble back at once. ---->>>

The crowd is just as important as the group. It takes everything to make it work. ---->>>

You got to pick one - pay your medical bills or pay the mortgage. Most people can't do both, and I'm no different. ---->>>

I don't hear record companies coming up with any good ideas or suggestions. Historically, if it ain't their idea, it ain't no good, so you got that to contend with. ---->>>

We're all dealt with the same hand here, so to speak. I feel like I've had it a lot better than most people. I've had the opportunity to travel and play music all my life. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 05-26, 1940
Birthplace: in Elaine, Arkansas, The United States
Die: 04-19, 2012
Occupation: Musician

Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm (May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012) was an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and one of the vocalists for the Band. Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, multi-instrumental ability, and creative drumming style, highlighted on many of the Band's recordings, such as "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (wikipedia)