Comment of the Moment: Who's Really Washed Up?
Just an unbelievable amount of emotion stirred up earlier this week on reports that Neil Young is washed up based on inaccurate reporting on an unreleased album. Here's a mighty fine comment by Keith B.:
I'd like to throw in my 2 cents on the "Neil has lost it and where is my nostalgia package" controversy:
Bob Dylan and Neil Young are definitely rolling at a time in life when most of us are slowing, and no one else their age is at that level.
To me Bob and Neil stand alone
One has sheer intellect and poetic ability that towers above all others
The other the biggest heart
Bob makes brain food
Neil makes soul food
Hell, no one of any age in pop/folk/rock music is in their league
Neil and Bob go out on very long limbs -- like Christian conversion or "Trans"
That's part of genius. You have to wander -- follow the muse.
The fan need not like everything an artist does equally, but he is always interested in what the artist is doing and has to say, and a true fan supports the wandering and limb walking:
Some people think music is only what is familiar and warm and fuzzy
That's childish and its anti-art
50 years from now, someone will pick up Greendale and say, "Wow, that's amazing."
It's a work of guts and genius
But most people don't see that
The old songs have resonance because of the years and the chance for the songs to develop lives of their own
Consider the cover of It's Only a Dream, from Prairie Wind. I think it is just as good a song as the classic ones, but it is still a baby
This guy is now doing whole suites of songs that hang together -- P. Wind; Greendale, and Living with War -- and the whole thing is the piece. It's all one song.
It's even harder to write a suite than a song
Plus Chrome Dreams has No Hidden Path, Bluebird, and Boxcar -- all A-1 songs. I listen to that album a lot
It's just the opposite of what all you critics say. You just don't get it. The dude is at his peak
--- and, P.S. Fork in the Road is hilarious
Long, long may he run
See background on why some feel that Neil Young is washed up while others still stand by their man.