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Levon Helm Quotes: Inspiring Words From The Late Musician

Posted: 04/24/2012 8:10 am Updated: 04/25/2012 12:03 am

Levon Helm's soulful melodies and passionate drumming touched millions of fans of The Band, but today we recognize his spirit and perseverance.

After being diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 90s, Helm's dynamic sound was replaced by a barely audible rasp. But despite this obstacle, Helm ultimately managed to regain what he described as 80 percent of his voice and continued to perform.

His push past physical and emotional hardship seems to sum up his outlook on life in general. As he puts it, "Boy, it's a joyful life that we've all been given." Here are a few more of his greatest quotes:

On Family Ties
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"They are stronger for me now. And I've always appreciated my family and friends, you know, and those ties that bind us together. But it's like my music, this much later, and after you've almost gotten everything taken away from you, once you get that back, boy, it's a joyful life that we've all been given. And, you know, you can really -- you know, when you see a young nephew or a young person in your family that's blood-related, and you see them for the first time, and they're not old enough to know that you're all related, but you can look into their face and they look into your eyes and you both know it. You know, we take it for granted and, you know, we enjoy that kind of thing without even a big thank you most of the time."

The 2007 Fresh Air Interview

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