#musicmonday – Helpless by Neil Young & The Band

Hi all, and welcome to another Music Monday, an idea that originated at The Tattooed Book Geek – ‘just a nobody with a blog’ (wordpress.com).

This week here is a performance from The Last Waltz. For those who’ve never heard of it, The Band (a band that came to prominence as Bob Dylan’s backing band, then made their own way) did a final official performance in a Scorsese directed documentary. The official performance featured a bunch of their friends and influences coming on stage to join them. Including Neil Young.

Also, you might notice, Joni Mitchell. Her ethereal harmony with and response to Neil Young’s forlorn vocals are a big part what makes this performance so magical. The Band is impeccable here; there’s a driving weight to what isn’t that heavy a song. All in all, it puts me in the emotion Young is projecting; wanting something badly and being helpless to do anything but wistfully ask for it.

But that’s just me, let me know what you think in the comments

4 thoughts on “#musicmonday – Helpless by Neil Young & The Band

      1. Oh man, it’s been a while since I’ve watched the film, but that performance of The Weight gives me shivers by the end. Hard to choose after that. Don’t Do It is catchy as fuck, it’s a really solid performance of Forever Young, I love Robbie Robertson’s soloing opposite Clapton in Further on up the Road. No wrong answers really 😄

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      2. Yeah, I like that version of Forever Young. I always tend to come back to The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, I Will Be Released, and Caravan from it. I used to use Caravan as my full blast “enough good vibes to crush the first hour of work” song.

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