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“The Weight”

Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything. -Buddha-

I originally named this piece “The Wait” but while hen pecking the keyboard I noticed how divisive certain threads were becoming, almost immediately, with pointed attacks and acerbic comments to fellow members quickly devolving into a tit-for-tat shitshow that really had nothing to do with the original post or baseball card collecting in general and some thoughts occurred to me.
I don’t expect things to change anytime soon as it seems that’s how people have learned to treat each other online in the last couple of decades, I’ve also been known to be an asshole at times and felt the urge to throw out some unpleasant comments but have stopped myself short (most of the time) because for me, I care deeply about how special this place is with regards to card collecting.

So I try and spare Net54 of my opinions about things I learned not to discuss at the Sunday dinner table or cocktail parties because it never ends well. The past wasn’t perfect, nor is the present, and the future won’t be either, but the trick is to treat people with compassion, understanding, and respect on the daily, and not only this place but the world around us will be better for it.

I’ll step down from my soap box now and get back to hen pecking the keyboard but I wanted to leave you with a song that always reminds me of compassion when I listen to it.

“The Weight” written by Robbie Robertson of The Band. Some of you geezers may remember it as the song is over 50 years old like a lot of us.
This is my favorite version, feel free to enjoy it while reading on.



One thing I learned being in the Music business for 25 years was that no matter your skin color, religious, sexual, or political orientation the one universal language we could all agree on was Music, a constant bridge over what divides us. I also found a parallel between my attitude about music and my attitude about card collecting. For me, this is the place where I come to talk about and share the “Music” of card collecting which inspired me to write about something I’ve learned here.

“The Wait”

Patience is not only the ability to wait, it is the ability to have a good attitude while you are waiting. -Buddha-

When I got back into card collecting and built my list of 300 I wanted it all. Wanted it fast! now! asap! Like a squirrel filling his cheeks with acorns until no more would fit.
I got frustrated that things weren’t moving fast enough, treating it like I sometimes treat my business, aggressive. I missed things because I was moving too fast, lessons that were there right in front of me waiting to be picked up, but I was blind to them. Being an Idiot would be a kind assessment, my frustration became a “Weight” because I tried to force things.
It wasn’t until I applied some of the llife lessons that I learned long ago and listened to the lessons of card collecting that things really started to fall into place.

I also received great advice and support from long-time members here that was invaluable. Thank you for that.

Armed with my newfound enlightenment and liking a good challenge, I chose some goals that would test my ability, certain cards, certain types, and a couple of sets that would force me to slow down. Similar to climbing a Mountain that might be just above your current skill level but knowing you will learn the right lessons along the way while getting to the summit.

The “Card Gods” were talking and I was finally listening.

Always be prepared for you never know when an opportunity may present itself. Calm down, just calm down, breathe, and relax. Focus on what you want your collection to look like and visualize it. If a card is meant to be yours and you are prepared and open to receiving it, that card will come to you on its own time in its own way. You can’t force card collecting, it never works out well. You can’t be filled with negative energy or selfishness and do this thing right.

Treat people with kindness and respect, make friends, that’s the true reward in this hobby. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support.

Learn to wait, the reward is infinitely better.



And the stories here, truly inspirational stories from dozens of members about “The Wait”.

-Morrie hitting 520 after 40 years, unbelievable.

-Leon building his next great collection.

-My good friend Andy and his unshakeable perseverance, who reminds me it’s not about the money, ever.

-Tbob and his quest for an E94 Master Set, good god, can you imagine.

-All you crazy T206 back collectors. Just smh, y’all are certifiable.

-A long time member building a set that I would think nigh impossible, but he’s much nearer the end than the beginning. I believe he’ll make it.

-Val collecting all things Sam Rice, literally all things Sam Rice, if there was rice named Sam Rice, Val would have it.

-Michael's 5 year quest for just the right Hindu back Trio.

-Ben's PC796 run. Rob's Coupon run. Chad's 33 Goudey run. Jeff's Joe Jackson goal. Story after story of incredible card collecting adventures.

-And one of my personal favorites: Howard's 30 year wait to capture his Bazooka Clemente.

So many stories about waiting, collecting, and the journey in between. Too many stories to count but each one of them impressive in their own way.


And I silently cheer every one of you on when I read your stories and throw positive vibes your way that one day that card will come to you.

Because it will, as long as you embrace “The Wait”.


House rules require a card with every post, this is the only one that felt appropriate. Happy Collecting!
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It's impossible IMO to improve on the studio version. The piano in the choruses (Garth Hudson) is otherworldly and holds it all together. The harmonies were perfect too, never replicated IMO.

The version in The Last Waltz is good, with great singing from Mavis and Pops Staples, but ultimately it's an electric version and you can't do that to what is essentially a hymn.
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Excellent post.
BUT...if Levon's not singing, The Weight is just another song.
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Great post, Phil.... and what an incredible version of an all-time great song. Thanks for sharing.
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Excellent post.
BUT...if Levon's not singing, The Weight is just another song.
Rick Danko was a big part of the studio version too in the fourth and final verses.
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Rick Danko was a big part of the studio version too in the fourth and final verses.
Thank you for the reminder. I love Rick Danko. One of his later bands Danko Fjeld and Andersen will always have some of my favorite songs.

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Thank you for the reminder. I love Rick Danko. One of his later bands Danko Fjeld and Andersen will always have some of my favorite songs.
Danko sings lead on many of the great songs. It Makes No Difference, Stage Fright, This Wheel's on Fire come immediately to mind.
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Btw to Phil the OP ... I love this version of the song thank you for sharing!
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Danko sings lead on many of the great songs. It Makes No Difference, Stage Fright, This Wheel's on Fire come immediately to mind.

I love his grittiness! You have a great sense for music
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I watch/listen the The Last Waltz often to get happy..
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I remember when this version was released and my wife first heard it....she called me in to our office and we listened to it a couple times before making our teenage kids also come hear it, see it, maybe even feel it.

Selfless.
Supportive.
Joyous.
It speaks to what I believe in.

Thanks for sharing, I wish I believed it would unite people in ways that much of the rest of societies interactions don't.
Most will simply watch and hear it and respond or not respond based on whether they believe in being those three things; selfless, supportive and joyous.

In 20 years of living in this country I saw 24 hours of the first two post 911.
The rest of the time, not so much.
When this pandemic came and asked of us to be more for one another, so very many simply sneered and turned away.

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I remember when this version was released and my wife first heard it....she called me in to our office and we listened to it a couple times before making our teenage kids also come hear it, see it, maybe even feel it.

Selfless.
Supportive.
Joyous.
It speaks to what I believe in.

Thanks for sharing, I wish I believed it would unite people in ways that much of the rest of societies interactions don't.
Most will simply watch and hear it and respond or not respond based on whether they believe in being those three things; selfless, supportive and joyous.

In 20 years of living in this country I saw 24 hours of the first two post 911.
The rest of the time, not so much.
When this pandemic came and asked of us to be more for one another, so very many simply sneered and turned away.
Very well put.
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Robbie claims it's about Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where the Martin guitar factory was. But like many great songs, the listener can interpret it his or her own way and not be wrong. To me, there are clear religious overtones, starting with Nazareth, continuing with the Devil, and ending with Moses and Luke and Judgment Day.

I think it's also no coincidence Robbie asked one of the world's great gospel singers, Mavis Staples, to sing part of the song in the Last Waltz.
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This is so awesome...I thank you for posting and brightening my day.

I love the studio version and dearly miss Levon Helm...

all the same, I will put the youtube link up on my face book page.

WONDERFUL! THANKS AGAIN!


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“The Weight”

Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything. -Buddha-

I originally named this piece “The Wait” but while hen pecking the keyboard I noticed how divisive certain threads were becoming, almost immediately, with pointed attacks and acerbic comments to fellow members quickly devolving into a tit-for-tat shitshow that really had nothing to do with the original post or baseball card collecting in general and some thoughts occurred to me.
I don’t expect things to change anytime soon as it seems that’s how people have learned to treat each other online in the last couple of decades, I’ve also been known to be an asshole at times and felt the urge to throw out some unpleasant comments but have stopped myself short (most of the time) because for me, I care deeply about how special this place is with regards to card collecting.

So I try and spare Net54 of my opinions about things I learned not to discuss at the Sunday dinner table or cocktail parties because it never ends well. The past wasn’t perfect, nor is the present, and the future won’t be either, but the trick is to treat people with compassion, understanding, and respect on the daily, and not only this place but the world around us will be better for it.

I’ll step down from my soap box now and get back to hen pecking the keyboard but I wanted to leave you with a song that always reminds me of compassion when I listen to it.

“The Weight” written by Robbie Robertson of The Band. Some you geezers may remember it as the song is over 50 years old like a lot of us.
This is my favorite version, feel free to enjoy it while reading on.



One thing I learned being in the Music business for 25 years was that no matter your skin color, religious, sexual, or political orientation the one universal language we could all agree on was Music, a constant bridge over what divides us. I also found a parallel between my attitude about music and my attitude about card collecting. For me, this is the place where I come to talk about and share the “Music” of card collecting which inspired me to write about something I’ve learned here.

“The Wait”

Patience is not only the ability to wait, it is the ability to have a good attitude while you are waiting. -Buddha-

When I got back into card collecting and built my list of 300 I wanted it all. Wanted it fast! now! asap! Like a squirrel filling his cheeks with acorns until no more would fit.
I got frustrated that things weren’t moving fast enough, treating it like I sometimes treat my business, aggressive. I missed things because I was moving too fast, lessons that were there right in front of me waiting to be picked up, but I was blind to them. Being an Idiot would be a kind assessment, my frustration became a “Weight” because I tried to force things.
It wasn’t until I applied some of the lessons that I learned long ago and listened to the lessons of card collecting that things really started to fall into place.

I also received great advice from some long-time members here that was invaluable. Thank you for that.

Armed with my newfound enlightenment and liking a good challenge, I chose some goals that would test my ability, certain cards, certain types, and a couple of sets that would force me to slow down. Similar to climbing a Mountain that might be just above your current skill level but knowing you will learn the right lessons along the way while getting to the summit.

The “Card Gods” were talking and I was finally listening.

Always be prepared for you never know when an opportunity may present itself. Calm down, just calm down, breathe, and relax. Focus on what you want your collection to look like and visualize it. If a card is meant to be yours and you are prepared and open to receiving it, that card will come to you on its own time in its own way. You can’t force card collecting, it never works out well. You can’t be filled with negative energy or selfishness and do this thing right.

Treat people with kindness and respect, make friends, that’s the true reward in this hobby. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support.

Learn to wait, the reward is infinitely better.



And the stories here, truly inspirational stories from dozens of members about “The Wait”.

-Morrie hitting 520 after 40 years, unbelievable.

-Leon building his next great collection.

-My good friend Andy and his unshakeable perseverance, who reminds me it’s not about the money, ever.

-Tbob and his quest for an E94 Master Set, good god, can you imagine.

-All you crazy T206 back collectors. Just smh, y’all are certifiable.

-A long time member building a set that I would think nigh impossible, but he’s much nearer the end than the beginning. I believe he’ll make it.

-Val collecting all things Sam Rice, literally all things Sam Rice, if there was rice named Sam Rice, Val would have it.

-Michael's 5 year quest for just the right Hindu back Trio.

-Ben's PC796 run. Rob's Coupon run. Chad's 33 Goudey run. Jeff's Joe Jackson goal. Story after story of incredible card collecting adventures.

-And one of my personal favorites: Howard's 30 year wait to capture his Bazooka Clemente.

So many stories about waiting, collecting, and the journey in between. Too many stories to count but each one of them impressive in their own way.


And I silently cheer every one of you on when I read your stories and throw positive vibes your way that one day that card will come to you.

Because it will, as long as you embrace “The Wait”.


House rules require a card with every post, this is the only one that felt appropriate. Happy Collecting!
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I remember when this version was released and my wife first heard it....she called me in to our office and we listened to it a couple times before making our teenage kids also come hear it, see it, maybe even feel it.

Selfless.
Supportive.
Joyous.
It speaks to what I believe in.

Thanks for sharing, I wish I believed it would unite people in ways that much of the rest of societies interactions don't.
Most will simply watch and hear it and respond or not respond based on whether they believe in being those three things; selfless, supportive and joyous.

In 20 years of living in this country I saw 24 hours of the first two post 911.
The rest of the time, not so much.
When this pandemic came and asked of us to be more for one another, so very many simply sneered and turned away.
Try not to focus that people lost sight after 24 hours but that people found enlightenment for 24 hours.
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This is so awesome...I thank you for posting and brightening my day.

I love the studio version and dearly miss Levon Helm...

all the same, I will put the youtube link up on my face book page.

WONDERFUL! THANKS AGAIN!
Thanks Robbie,
I would posit that his greatest song was done when he knew his days were numbered and he chose a civil war ballad to leave behind.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oJMMUZOq3OU
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Try not to focus that people lost sight after 24 hours but that people found enlightenment for 24 hours.
Oh Man, I need more of you type of people in my life!

100 I'll try to remember the good, this country was synonymous for so many decades as a Country with a soul, with a message, with a will to do right.
As an Aussie growing up in the 60's/70's/80's we looked at America as truly a shining beacon. It wasn't just us either, you'd never believe it but throughout the Mideast and elsewhere this place and it's people were adored.
Well, Ok in France they always had issues...

Thanks for bringing something good in to my day, free even from the contraversies of our inane love of bits of cardboard.
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Oh Man, I need more of you type of people in my life!

100 I'll try to remember the good, this country was synonymous for so many decades as a Country with a soul, with a message, with a will to do right.
As an Aussie growing up in the 60's/70's/80's we looked at America as truly a shining beacon. It wasn't just us either, you'd never believe it but throughout the Mideast and elsewhere this place and it's people were adored.
Well, Ok in France they always had issues...

Thanks for bringing something good in to my day, free even from the contraversies of our inane love of bits of cardboard.
Love Australia. My GPA was born in Bondi in 23 when it was a dusty town, hunted Great Whites way back before the shark fence was put in and fought the Hun from Tobruk to the end of the war.
You also thought I should be banned for my views on this sub.
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You also thought I should be banned for my views on this sub.
Oh good lord.
I'm just gonna take a break from this place.
It's all yours.
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Great post. Great song. Love the original and the version with Mavis Staples (one of the greatest singers)

However, watching this video, especially seeing Ringo on the drums just fills me with happiness. Much needed after reading some of the more divisive posts I've seen here lately
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Great post. Great song. Love the original and the version with Mavis Staples (one of the greatest singers)

However, watching this video, especially seeing Ringo on the drums just fills me with happiness. Much needed after reading some of the more divisive posts I've seen here lately
I would agree, I was fortunate to spend som time with Mavis when she played at my Festival. Wonderful human and a National Treasure in my opinion.
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Really a great post Phil, thanks. That rendition of the song is far and away the best I have ever heard. I will be listening to it some more for sure.

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Thanks for the post Phil. I needed this to start my week!
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Great post. My favorite "collaborative" song of all time....from the Band to the Grateful Dead to so many others.

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Robbie claims it's about Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where the Martin guitar factory was.
My wife's from Nazareth PA. & every time I hear the song I think of her home town
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There are many more things that bring us together, than ones that separate us. At the end of the day this entire Pandemic situation has put everyone a bit on edge, and It's important that we look for the common uniting causes rather than the issues that divide us.

The hobby is out of control right now, it's a good thing to see so many people taking a new interest in it.

On a lighter note, I love this version of the song, along with the original and the version of it at the Last Waltz
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I would agree, I was fortunate to spend som time with Mavis when she played at my Festival. Wonderful human and a National Treasure in my opinion.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY3v...SV&OCID=MY01SV

Just audio but no more is needed.
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Nice post Phil with a great video! I feel better.
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Thanks for that rendition. I want to add it to my music library. Is there a CD or MP3 I can buy with this on it? Can you point me to it?

Much nicer than "We are the world" IMHO.

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Have seen more than my share of trainwrecks on this site. This thread has been a great pleasure to read. Thanks, OP.

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Thanks for that rendition. I want to add it to my music library. Is there a CD or MP3 I can buy with this on it? Can you point me to it?

Much nicer than "We are the world" IMHO.

Thanks!
You should be able to convert YouTube to an MP3. I haven't done it recently but used to do it all the time.
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You should be able to convert YouTube to an MP3. I haven't done it recently but used to do it all the time.
I can do that with no problems. But I'd rather pay for it!

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One of my favorite groups. For me, The Last Waltz is the finest concert movie ever. I saw it in the theater back in the day, and then bought the Beta tape at my local video store on the day it was released.
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I stumbled across Playing For Change last year on YouTube....nice music...seamless











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I can do that with no problems. But I'd rather pay for it!

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Put the load right on me!

I found the website and will get it from there once it shows up.

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