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The Last Waltz

Today is the 33rd anniversary of The Last Waltz, a concert The Band gave along with several other artists, including Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, and Emmylou Harris. A film of the concert, directed by Martin Scorsese, was released a couple of years later. This was the first concert movie Scorsese actually directed, but he was no stranger to the genre. He worked as an editor on Woodstock.

I'm embedding a clip from the movie. It's a performance of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, a song that never fails to put a lump in my throat and send chills down my spine. It's favorite song by The Band, and one of my favorite songs period. Critic Ralph Gleason compared it to Stephen Crane's The Red Badge Of Courage in it's ability to put the reader in civil war times. I am not the only person who deeply loves this song. For a discussion of it by folks more eloquent and knowledgeable than myself, check out Peter Viney's page.

Enough of my ramblings. Here's the song: