Following Neil Young's Muse
As predicted, our posting calling out the anti-Neil 4% Club provoked howls of outrage. We do not look for trouble. Trouble comes to us.
So here's what Philip had to say on the latest brouhaha:
Zuma was then. This is now.
Just because an artist has made music you or I value on some level or other does not mean the next 'album' is going to have the same effect. What is amazing about NY is that 90% of his material is linked by genius and I have felt it and owned it for my own ends.
Exactly, that is the point - we 'listeners' do not have any 'rights' just because our psychological being has been influenced by NY's music. It is quite worrying to read some of the often well written negative comments on this site but the writers all make the error of claiming the music for themselves, through their understanding, their 'ownership'.
It is a particular male trait to compare everything, to compile lists of the 'top ten'. I see these arguments in the same vein. Take Ambulance Blues, Don't be Denied, Cortez, Flying on the Ground, Country Girl, The Losing End, Little Wing, Hippie Dream for starters. All those songs are so different, it is also obvious they are all NY.
The new stuff is obviously NY - that is it. You cannot make any comparisons, any 'top 10' or 'bottom 10'.
It is part of the NY brain - not your brain or my brain - the fact you or I can connect so perfectly with some of NY's songs is our problem NOT HIS.
Once he recognized the pointlessness of fame for its own sake he cares only as you or I care whether or not we are liked / respected by others.
For what it's worth I think some of the new songs, having been honed and arranged are really good - Fork in the Road is a multi-media experience.
ps - Neil, please play Folsom CA.
"Love and Only Love Will Endure....Hate Is Everything You Think It Is...Love and Only Love Will Break It Down...Love and Only Love...will BREAK IT DOWN"
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