Well, if you're traveling with the aunts and the cousins, it might not mean music at all, unless your last name is Von Trapp, or dare I say Cyrus. Chances are, though, that there will be music and there will, thus, be singing.
JG: "I've been doing the Nashville thing, going down and doing a lot of co-writes, so I had a ton of songs written and I started recording them here in Pittsburgh. My wife Lee Ann said that I had not struck upon anything that was revealing about myself."
The Beatles, with their combination of nostalgia for '50s pop rock n roll and rockabilly, love of early '60s soul and girl groups as well as classic tin pan alley "tunesmithing," provided the pre-pubescent AM radio nursery rhymes for my exact generation.
"The Weight" belies its name by beginning lightly, with the keen tickle of strings, precise yet also casual. You feel like you're on someone's porch, down home, listening to a few folks make music at sundown.
Roger Ebert, Levon Helm, Sixto Rodriquez -- models of stoicism. They are men who met disappointment and worse, and faced their challenges with determination and courage. We used to have a lot of role models like them.
Like any song that's morphed into our musical vernacular, "The Weight" has come to exist as a backdrop in American folk culture. It pops up in films when the scene is meant to express something uniquely "American" that dialog just can't seem to capture.
It's my (and many others') pick for the best rock concert movie ever: Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz. For those in the dark, this was Scorsese's filming of The Band's farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day, 1976.
In April, Levon passed away and there was talk of what would happen to the Rambles. And then, this past Saturday night rolled around like so many others before it, and Levon's Barn was open once again.
For social gatherings at home built around screening movies, outstanding rock documentaries and concert films are virtually guaranteed crowd pleasers, particularly if your home theater set-up includes a quality sound system.
Prior to The Oscars' embracing Outasight's "Tonight Is The Night" -- well, not with an award but with broadcast muscle -- the single had airplay on over 115 Top 40 radio stations, sales of over 530,000 copies, over 18,000 daily streams on Spotify, and over 5 million views on YouTube.