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May 11, 2012

Greetings all! It’s late, past my deadline, I’m tired, there’s not much of anything new and exciting (other than Reservoir Music’s move to a new and exciting location at 711 Route 28),  and not much live music to recommend this week, so I’ll just say goodnight and see you next week!  Psych! Actually, all true, except the last part.  So, I’m gonna be brief and to the point.

Bob Dylan will be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian honor given by the United States! President Bush gave this award to guys like Paul Bremmer, the overseer of the Iraq reconstruction. Obama’s giving it to Dylan! Other recipients this Spring will be Shimon Peres, President of Israel (two Jews blues?); Toni Morrison, the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning novelist; Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State under President Clinton; John Glenn, the first American in outer space; retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and 7 other luminaries. They’re in pretty good company! I’m sure Obama will want to sing with Bob, the only question is, will it be “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “Chimes of Freedom”, “The Times They are A-Changing” or “Mister Tambourine Man”.  Time will tell! I’m voting for “Tombstone Blues”!

The offerings of live musical faire this week actually is kind of slim, but here it is.

I just wanna conclude by reprinting the lyrics to a song written as a tribute to Levon by TJ in the Hills of Woodstock, which I think captures the spirit of the man quite well. Here ‘tis.

Levon Helm, Levon Helm, These hills won't be the same, without Levon Helm

Levon Helm, Levon Helm, These hills won't be the same, without Levon Helm

Rice Puddin and "hand jive" Willy

Country Blues Gospel and Rockabilly

Green Coke bottles stacked from the ceiling to the floor

You spit in the eye of that wolf at your door

Levon Helm, Levon Helm, These hills won't be the same, without Levon Helm

Levon Helm, Levon Helm, There'll never be another, like Levon Helm

From poppin wheelies on that ole tractor

To Hollywood, bein an Actor

Founding Father of Americana

Ya never did anything, ya didn't wanna

Levon Helm, Levon Helm, These hills won't be the same, without Levon Helm

Levon Helm, Levon Helm, nobody banged that drum like ,  Levon Helm

Always your own man,  your own master

A voice as unique as that cowbell Telecaster

Friends in every state of this land

Playin with Bob and Muddy and The Band

Levon Helm, Levon Helm, there'll never be another like Levon Helm

Levon Helm, Levon Helm, nobody sang a song like,  Levon Helm

These hills, won't be the same without Levon Helm

Have a great week. More later!

Fred Perry is the owner of Reservoir Music Center on Route 28 in Kingston, and founding member of Alt-Country supergroup, The Brooklyn Cowboys, is from a 3rd generation musical family and lives in the Hudson Valley, where he does what he can to promote live music.

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