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DEATHS ; Notable Passings; The Thread to Pay Last Respects

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There goes a part of my childhood.
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This has been a terrible week for the world of music. The Band's Levon Helm has died at age 71:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/04/19/obit-helm-levon.html

That's so sad. The Band has been one of my favorite bands for as long as I can remember and they were with me through a very important time in my life. I used to sing 'The Weight' a lot back then and it was Levon's singing (especially on the live version from The Last Waltz, which is the most beautiful concert film ever) that inspired me most. He'll be sorely missed.
 
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That's so sad. The Band has been one of my favorite bands for as long as I can remember and they were with me through a very important time in my life. I used to sing 'The Weight' a lot back then and it was Levon's singing (especially on the live version from The Last Waltz, which is the most beautiful concert film ever) that inspired me most. He'll be sorely missed.
Sad indeed.. Mr Helm was born and raised in Elaine, Arkansas about an hour and a half from where I am at.
 

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After hearing about Levon Helm’s death yesterday I spent most of the day and the night listening to old recordings by The Band. I watched The Last Waltz once again (and there is no telling how often I watched it before!), read many old articles about Levon and The Band and looked up a few clips on YouTube. Pretty late in the evening I called up a friend with whom I toured through Europe more than twenty years ago with not much more than our guitars, two blankets and two sleeping bags with us. We were constantly busking back then, trying to fetch some money to keep us going (well, we were actually making our living that way). Our repertoire always included a good many songs by The Band. That last night brought back up so many memories that I eventually wound up in a rather plaintive, melancholy and somewhat nostalgic, even gloomy mood. It was like a journey into my own past. It’s strange how some seemingly remote events manage to trigger such an emotional reaction.
 
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In the past year, my mother (73) passed away from cancer, my grandmother (94) had an aneurysm two weeks ago, my grandmother's sister (90) from natural causes three days prior to her sister, and yesterday a current student (16) in a DUI related accident. The one death that could have been prevented was the 16 year old's if he and his friends had made the choice to not drive while under the influence. It is so sad to see someone act so carelessly with what others fought so hard to hold on to.
 
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So sorry to hear that it's been such a rough year for you Touchofevil. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I appreciate that Tom. Thank you.

The reason I posted was out of frustration. It is normal to be distraught when someone passes on and realize the precious value of life so then why do so many live it with such cheap regard? Why do so many put themselves in situations wherein they are playing Russian Roulette? Life is fragile and at some point we will all lose so why invite the end in today when it will be there tomorrow? I don't get it.
 
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Some people just always feel that they're indestructible, especially when they're young. When I was 16 and 17, I did a LOT of stupid things that put me in danger. Why? I thought, "Well, I'm a teenager, I'll never die." It's a stupid way to look at things, and people shouldn't do so.

The reason I posted was out of frustration. It is normal to be distraught when someone passes on and realize the precious value of life so then why do so many live it with such cheap regard? Why do so many put themselves in situations wherein they are playing Russian Roulette? Life is fragile and at some point we will all lose so why invite the end in today when it will be there tomorrow? I don't get it.
 

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