Comment of the Moment: "Best Kept Secret"
The Neil Young Comment of the Moment is from Psychic Ills and On The Beach by BIGCHIEF:
Neil Young is an artist's artist.There is no conceivable way to measure his influence over the years especially in the late sixtys/early seventies in the so called 'country rock' genre. It still pains me whenever artists who were obviously influenced by Neil fail to give him his props in interviews. To me he has always been musics 'best kept secret'.Lately, however, it seems that more and more giants in the industry are coming forward acknowledging their respect such as Dylan, McCartney, Springsteen. When asked what C.D. he had in his car stereo right now, Bob Seeger replied 'Silver & Gold'.
We all know that out of 600-700 songs, radio plays the 6 or 7, never deviating and giving exposure to the more obscure songs. I suppose he will remain our 'best kept secret'which probably is the way it should be since he never intended to manufacture his career for mass appeal .. the fans that he has are truly his fans - we get it. That's the beauty of this site to be able to celebrate his legacy with other like minded fans in a way that was once limited to a concert venue.
Even Elton John said he almost pissed himself during a duet performance with Neil. McCartney bowing down before him during 'A Day In The Life'? I mean, come on!.. Dylan recently visiting his childhood home? and so it goes with all of my suppressed zeal, I have to consciously refrain from spreading the gospel according to Neil because, quite frankly, after 40 years they still just don't get it!"
More on Neil Young's influence on Psychic Ills and On The Beach.