Toast To Freedom” is dedicated to human rights activism around the world. Nearly 50 artists contributed to celebrate Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary. Toast To Freedom was written by music veterans Carl Carlton and Larry Campbell
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This was recorded at Levon Helm’s Studio in Woodstock, and HE IS IN IT! As a bonus, you can see some footage of the inside of the studio, where the Rambles were held. Ewan McGregor is there too, so my little fangirl heart is just as happy as can be. The whole list of artists is just incredible…to think, all of those people were together in Woodstock!
I have been a member of Amnesty since I was 13. I read a story about some boys in Turkey, who were my age, who were being tortured by the government, accused of being spies. Basic human rights should be just that, a right! No one should have to fight for access to food, water, healthcare, safety or dignity.
Levon was the glue, not just in The Band, but in all of what people think of when they think of North American music. He was a great unifier; a great glue. He unified blues and country, rural and city, and even North and South. Luckily he showed us all the way to keep it together and let it swing.
But I feel content. I know if the crazy fantasy of an afterlife is real, those three guys are singing together again, or as standup comedian John Mulaney said “I hope Levon Helm is with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel and they’re stealing baloney”
When my mom came home. She hugged me. And said to…
He was your Elvis. That is beautiful. I called my mom a couple of days ago when I first heard that he was in the final stages of cancer. I started to cry over the phone and she said, “I understand, he is your Ricky Nelson.” xo