Yesterday I reviewed a show by Mercury Rev that was sponsored by the Woodstock radio station WDST, and later in the day linked to a piece about Levon Helm’s semi-private shows at his Woodstock barn. Helm, in case you don’t know, was drummer with The Band, who first came to Woodstock to record with Bob Dylan, staying in a house called Big Pink, for which they later named an album. The Band’s front man – which is not to denigrate Rick Danko, Richard Manuel or Helm – was Robbie Robertson, for whom I’ve acquired a much greater appreciation since seeing him in the flesh at last year’s Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and on film in The Last Waltz.
Yesterday evening, in the car, I finally listened, via the wonders of the Podcast, to a six-week old interview with Robbie, from KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic broadcast of November 3. (You can find the interview here: it’s an excellent primer to Robbie’s positive demeanour and the vast range of his work, as a member of the Band, a solo artist, and a soundtrack composer.) The host of Morning Becomes Eclectic is a man called Nic Harcourt, who happens to be a Brit – and also the former music director of Woodstock radio station, WDST.
Nothing in the above is anything out of the ordinary. But when you’re listening to a show like this while driving through the mountains it’s nice to feel, once again, and in the words of one of this past year’s better albums, that everything’s connected.