Resolution J2610-2013

Commemorating the designating of a portion of a local road, state Route 375 leading into Woodstock, New York, as Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard

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  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the designating of a portion of a
local road, state Route 375 leading into Woodstock, New York,  as  Levon
Helm Memorial Boulevard

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those individuals who have brought  entertainment  and  cultural
enrichment to the citizens of the great State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  The  arts,  in  whatever form depicted, are central to human
expression; they are truly a universal language and  their  contribution
to  the  development  of  friendship and understanding among all peoples
cannot be underestimated; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is  justly  proud  to  commemorate  the
designating  of  a portion of a local road, state Route 375 leading into
Woodstock, as Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard; and
  WHEREAS, Woodstock, New York, resident and longtime member of The Band
whose distinguished music career spanned more than five  decades,  Levon
Helm, died on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the age of 71; and
  WHEREAS,  A  brilliant  musician and a beautiful soul, Leon Helm was a
four-time Grammy Award winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall  of
Fame; he was an accomplished singer, drummer and mandolin player; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Levon Helm was a successful actor, acclaimed for
his  roles  in  "Coal  Miner's  Daughter,"  "The Right Stuff," and other
films; his performance of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"  at  the
famous  1976  concert,  "The  Last  Waltz" is preserved for posterity in
Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary film; and
  WHEREAS, Levon Helm's musical career  is  among  the  most-storied  in
modern  American  music,  filled with some striking paradoxes: The Band,
with which he made the indelible mark for which he will always be remem-
bered, took rock music back to its most  distinctively  American  place,
yet  he was the group's only American member; Helm was a rural Arkansan,
and grew up in the Mississippi Delta, yet he embraced New York's  Hudson
Valley as his home; and
  WHEREAS, Levon Helm won a remarkable three Grammy Awards in five years
for  albums: "Dirt Farmer" in 2007; "Electric Dirt" in 2009, and "Ramble
at the Ryman" in 2011; and
  WHEREAS, In 1998, Levon Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer and  the
famous  voice  with the rich southern nuances was silenced to a whisper;
he still played the drums, mandolin and harmonica, often performing with
his daughter, Amy Helm, also a vocalist  and  instrumentalist;  a  great
emotional  support to her father during this time, Amy appeared with him
regularly at Levon Helm Studios; and
  WHEREAS, Miraculously, Levon Helm's voice  slowly  returned;  he  felt
comfortable  enough to sing again live, and with imagination and vision,
he conceived The Midnight Ramble Sessions, a series of live performances
at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock; named  for  the  traveling  minstrel
shows of his youth, the first Midnight Ramble was held in January, 2004;
and
  WHEREAS,  Levon  Helm was very much a part of the Woodstock, New York,
and Hudson Valley community; and
  WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that the  quality
of  life of the citizens of the State of New York is greatly enriched by
its exceptional cultural, educational and recreational institutions,  as
well  as  the  individuals  of  remarkable integrity and character whose
endeavors have enhanced the quality of life for  the  citizens  of  this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the designating of a portion of a local  road,  state  Route

375  leading into Woodstock, New York, as Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Levon Helm.

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