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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Randomly Blogged - An 18 Year Old's Take on "Heart of Gold"

From "Neil Young fans' hearts leap for Demme's 'Gold'" review by Jake Weisman, we have an 18 year old's perspective on the "Heart of Gold" film:
"The film is better than any concert film I've seen. As cliche and silly as it sounds, I really thought I was at the show. It seemed more like an event than a movie, and it stuck with me. And I give the most credit to whoever decided to get Demme to direct. I'm not a fan of the Talking Heads, but I liked "Stop Making Sense," their live film directed by Demme.

"Neil Young: Heart of Gold" is an extremely simple movie, but the sentiment and heart behind the film are the elements that make this unlike any other concert film I've seen. I had bought "Prairie Wind" around the time of its release and couldn't really get into it. It's slow and -- well -- old-people music, if you will. So I stuck to more upbeat and rock 'n' roll themed "Tonight's the Night" and "Ragged Glory."

But after viewing the film and seeing the passion and the history behind Young's stories told between the songs and the expressions on his face, this album speaks louder to me (an 18-year-old) than most other albums I've heard recently. It's not old-people music -- it's music for people with history and with soul. The only way I could have truly understood the album is through Demme's lens and seeing the whole thing live -- well, not live, but you understand. If you like his folk music or any of his music, it's a very good idea to see "Neil Young: Heart of Gold." If you're never going to see him live, I have a feeling this movie is the closest you're going to get. Mister Young, and you will never rust."

A very wise kid. Nice, Jake.

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- Film tickets giveaway for "Heart of Gold"

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- Boss GT Central Forums: Equipment gear for the heavy Jimi Hendrix sound and Neil Young's solo on Cortez the Killer and Southern Man

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At 4/02/2006 02:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very wise kid, indeed.

At 4/02/2006 03:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your sight is wonderful. Thank you. Do you happen to know anything about the hat he wore in the Prarie Wind Film? My brother would love to have one made, or better yet, know where he bought his. I appreciate your feedback if you have any about this silly request. Keep up the great work.
Lori Cardille

At 4/03/2006 02:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Neil Young
I love your Music! I look up to you! I hope I could Be a graet song writter, Singer, Guitar player like you! Keep on Rockin!

At 4/03/2006 09:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 18 too, and I recently saw "Heart of Gold" in theatres and was "blown away". I loved hearing Ben's story about meeting Neil (I am not a steel player but what he adds to Neil's albums inspires me to become one). I also enjoyed every one of Neil's introductions and found that I knew what each song would be in the second half before he finished telling us about it. It's strange because this movie has a sort of underlying "farewell" type of message to it. Not to the music scene or to the fans, but to the past, what with the death of many friends and family members that Neil suffered through last year. The most chilling moment in the entire thing is when Neil sits alone and plays "The Old Laughing Lady" and somehow seems to tell us that there is much more to come.

At 4/06/2006 02:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, I have been you'r #1 fan for over 35 years. Thank you for your inner beauty;and sincerety.Your music has helped me get through the darkest days of my life. God bless. Carol Cinnamon girl!

At 4/06/2006 03:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things like this make me groan. Great review, sure, but I don't see what the guy's age has to do with anything. Young Neil Young fans aren't rare. I'm 20, and have been listening to Neil for years. (And am by far the biggest fan that I know). All of my friends love him aswell. So This kid isn't wise for liking Neil at such a young age... he just knows good music when he hears it.

At 4/21/2006 10:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if it makes you groan so much, why don't you write your own article and stop bitching about other people's work


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