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    THE WHEEL SPEAKS ON 2013 – Happy Birthday Larry Levan Lives THE WHEEL SPEAKS ON 2013 – Happy Birthday Larry Levan Lives Document Transcript

    •   THE  WHEEL  SPEAKS  ON  2013  –  Happy  Birthday  Larry  Levan  Lives     Larry  Levan  (born  Lawrence  Philpot,  July  20,  1954  –  November  8,  1992[3])  was  an   American  DJ  best  known  for  his  decade-­‐long  residency  at  the  New  York  City  night   club  Paradise  Garage,  which  has  been  described  as  the  prototype  of  the  modern   dance  club.     That’s  how  the  describe  Larry  in  the  first  paragraph  in  his  Wikipedia  biography   Larry  was  complex  and  he  was  what  many  may  call  eccentric  some  even  thought  he   was  crazy.  But  wasn’t  that  true  when  it  came  down  to  all  geniuses?  Would  we  even   no  what  relativity  or  the  study  of  it  was  without  individuals  like  Albert  Einstein  or   musically  would  we  have  been  fortunate  enough  to  have  even  heard  anything  as   brilliant  when  Marvin  Gaye  penned  his  What’s  Going  On  classic  if  he  wasn’t  a  little   different?  The  list  goes  on  and  on  geniuses  are  visionaries  who  in  some  cases  they’re   passion  and  vision  is  often  times  misunderstood  by  the  masses.              
    • Larry  was  to  this  day  in  my  opinion  the  most  under  appreciate  iconic  figure  to  have   ever  been  associated  with  the  music  industry  every  week  I  can  remember  seeing  the   likes  of  everyone  from  Mick  Jagger  Eddie  Murphy  Mike  Tyson  Madonna  Frankie   Crocker  who  especially  frequent  the  DJ  booth  could  be  seen  there  every  single  week.   Everyone  there  to  see  or  should  I  say  witness  musical  genius.  Even  today  how  many   DJ’s  have  their  mixes  in  steady  rotation  each  and  everyday  the  way  Larry  does?   Unappreciated  maybe  a  lot  of  it  was  definitely  jealousy  I  do  know  that  for  sure  and   was  around  to  witness  a  lot  of  it  but  isn’t  that  the  case  always  when  an  individual   has  such  a  gift?  There  are  always  those  who  mean  nothing  but  harm  for  these  type   individuals  and  will  encourage  them  to  do  everything  in  order  to  destroy   themselves,  which  is  normally  the  outcome.     I  am  not  going  to  focus  on  the  negative  today  which  always  followed  Larry  and  the   people  who  sucked  his  blood  dry  like  vampires  until  there  was  no  blood  left  and  still   continue  to  do  so.  But  I  just  want  everyone  to  know  that  contrary  to  what  many   believed  he  was  a  special  person.  He  took  me  under  his  tutorage  to  the  dismay  even   shock  of  many  our  lives  and  worlds  were  totally  different  but  we  had  one  important   thing  in  common  and  that  was  point  blank  music.  He  was  the  best  teacher  I  ever  had   and  probably  the  only  man  who  in  my  entire  life  told  me  exactly  what  he  felt  and   most  importantly  told  me  the  truth  and  always  talk  about  things  of  significance.     Larry  was  like  a  drill  sergeant  when  it  came  to  music  he  expected  excellence  and  his   attentiveness  to  quality  was  immaculate.  I  remember  when  I  made  my  first  record  I   did  something  on  the  record  that  many  couldn’t  and  wouldn’t  even  try  because  of   how  difficult  it  was  the  entire  seven  minutes  of  my  record  City  Streets  on  the  dub   version  I  manually  administered  each  and  every  effect  because  I  wanted  it  to  be   different  every  time,  and  it  reminded  me  of  when  Larry  would  perform  live  at  the   Garage  with  the  New  York  City  Peech  Boys  working  the  effects  during  the  show  live.   Only  two  people  have  ever  mention  to  me  they  were  aware  of  what  I’d  done  the  first   was  Stevie  Wonder  one  night  in  the  Shelter  booth  while  Timmy  Regisford  played  the   record  and  the  second  was  Larry  Levan  himself  the  first  time  he  heard  the  record.   Personally  telling  me  one  day  “this  is  now  my  favorite  record”  imagine  how  I  felt   hearing  that  from  Larry  himself.     Many  years  ago  Larry  shared  one  thing  with  me  I  will  never  forget  and  it's  about   people.  He  said  to  me  while  I  was  on  top  of  the  world  playing  everyplace  I  could   imagine  from  New  York  to  Japan  all  the  number  one  clubs  for  top  dollar  every  single   day  of  the  week.  He  said  “don't  ever  get  lost  or  believe  in  any  of  this  because  they’ll   love  you  for  as  long  as  they  can  get  something  out  of  you”.  And  went  on  to  say   “they’ll  take  everything  you  have  and  suck  you  bone  dry  like  a  vampire”  many  are   well  aware  Larry  had  an  obsession  or  should  I  say  he  was  very  fond  of  the  character   Le  Stat  brought  to  life  on  screen  by  famous  by  Tom  Cruise  in  Interviews  With  A   Vampire.    
    • (Lestat  de  Lioncourt  is  a  fictional  character  appearing  in  several  novels  by  Anne  Rice,   including  The  Vampire  Lestat.  He  is  a  vampire  who  was  the  narrator  and  an  antihero   in  the  majority  of  The  Vampire  Chronicles.)     And  strangely  towards  the  end  of  his  life  he  became  so  much  like  the  character  he’d   become  very  reclusive  and  would  only  allow  himself  to  be  seen  by  certain  people.  So   many  people  alienated  Larry  Levan  and  it’s  always  very  melancholy  for  me   whenever  his  birthday  comes  around,  and  it’s  especially  saddening  whenever  I  hear   of  how  he’s  celebrated  now  and  was  left  for  day  for  years  by  many  who  celebrate  his   legacy  for  the  material  gain.     When  Larry  Levan  died  I  cried  like  an  infant  and  at  his  memorial  I  remember  crying   so  bad  that  Kenny  who  worked  at  the  Garage  had  to  bring  me  outside  I  couldn’t   believe  how  emotional  it  was  for  me  then  but  now  I  do.  Larry  touched  a  part  of  my   psyche  not  anything  has  been  able  to  he  taught  me  how  to  dissect  my  thoughts  and   to  connect  them  with  an  audience.  Something  DJ’s  aren’t  taught  anymore  and   truthfully  they  might  not  even  care  about.  He  taught  me  that  playing  music  is  like   telling  a  story  it’s  a  journey  all  night  and  it’s  the  job  of  the  person  providing  the   journey  to  tell  a  complete  story.  Meaning  the  ups  the  downs  the  joys  and  pains   bringing  everyone  on  the  journey  and  most  important  it  has  to  make  sense.  I   remember  one  night  at  The  Choice  putting  together  two  records  and  bringing  the   dancers  to  a  frenzy.  I  was  quite  full  of  myself  having  blended  the  records  together   and  sensing  the  energetic  audience  was  very  please  as  well.  Out  of  now  where  Larry   ran  into  The  Choice  DJ  booth  and  in  front  of  a  few  of  my  friends  who  were  probably   standing  there  after  he  ran  all  the  way  downstairs  from  the  top  room  he  yells  at  me   “what  in  the  hell  was  that”.    I  arrogantly  looked  at  Larry  and  said  “did  you  see  that   reaction,  did  you  watch  they  crowd”  he  then  said  to  me  “yeah  I  saw  them  but  tell  me   what  in  the  @uck  does  Never  No  More  Lonely  have  to  do  with  Love  Is  The  Message”   then  he  said  “don’t  forget  tell  the  damn  story  you  got  all  night  don’t  tell  it  all  at  once   pace  the  crowd  and  yourself  you  got  12  hours”.     In  a  nutshell  it  very  apparent  because  in  me  Larry  Levan  Lives  he  taught  me  more   than  music  he  taught  me  expression  tolerance  patience  and  especially  gave  me   vision.  God  giving  gifts  are  meant  to  be  shared  with  especially  those  who  will  be   appreciative  of  them  and  music  was  the  gift  Larry  shared  with  me  and  I  am  eternally   grateful.       Happy  Birthday  Larry  Levan  my  mentor  my  friend  and  thanks  for  all  you’ve  done  for   me  RIP  the  immortal  Lawrence  Philpot  Levan.     Respectfully,   THE  WHEEL   (The  Way  Humanity/Hudson  Expects  Everyone  to  Live)