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The Last Waltz the epic album by The Band
When I was a teenager I went to see the Last Waltz. It was in an old theatre in a small town. The theatre still had red velvet seats and a curtain in front of the stage and I - sat - mesmerized. Although I loved lots of kinds of music, this was the first time I heard 'my' music. This music spoke to me.
It didn't bother me that The Last Waltz was suppose to be the 'farewell' show of The Band, because I had just discovered them and eagerly found out everything I could about them and the members, and listened to every recording they made. They were new to me.
This cd is important to me on many levels, one because it brings back that 'first time' feeling every time I listen, but also because it just feels like home. This funky country-folk-rock sound is my favourite style of music; it just gets me in the gut and always brings a smile to my face.
As an adult in the music industry, it was always one of my dreams to bring The Band back together for one more epic show. Although it didn't get that far, I was fortunate enough to spend the better part of a year planning the show with Maud and Garth Hudson. It was a dream come true for me, hearing the 'behind the scenes' stories of The Band and having Garth play music for me over the phone while we chatted for hours. Due to illness our great show never came off, but this album will also always remind me, that a few months before losing Levon Helm, we almost pulled off the 2nd greatest concert on earth.
Martin Scorsese's best work.
I learned so much about this album from Maude and Garth!