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Friday, October 02, 2009

The Year of Harvest Moon


It's that time of year again. Harvest Moon season. And it's been quite a year leading up to this weekend.

Many may recall last January when Steve and his girlfriend Danielle made a request for "Harvest Moon" in Brisbane, Australia. And by some extremely wonderfully little miracle, Neil Young performed "Harvest Moon" that night and it brought a tear of joy for many around the world.

And then Liza's wish for "Harvest Moon" was granted in Cologne, Germany.

And then Gavin's family's wish for "Harvest Moon" was fulfilled in Dublin, Ireland.

So celebrate the Harvest Moon this weekend.

But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night.

Reviews of Neil Young's Harvest Moon.


At 10/02/2009 08:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Harvest Moon is said to come before or after the autumnal equinox. It is simply the full moon closest to that equinox. About once every four years it occurs in October (in the northern hemisphere), depending on the cycles of the moon. Currently, the latest the Harvest Moon can occur is on October 13. Often, the Harvest Moon seems to be bigger or brighter or more colorful than other moons. These effects have to do with the seasonal tilt of the earth. The warm color of the moon shortly after it rises is caused by light from the moon passing through a greater amount of atmospheric particles than when the moon is overhead.

At 10/02/2009 08:14:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I will be spending the Harvest Moon with Neil. I'm leavin for St Louis tomorrow. I live in Ohio so i got a bit of a drive...can't wait!

At 10/02/2009 10:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Harvest Moon Live due in a month, I got to wondering what the song Dreamin' Man is really about. It's an unusual song, as some of the images painted by the lyrics contrast so sharply with the gentle, dulcet sound of the music:

I'm a dreamin' man, yes, that's my problem
I can't tell when I'm not being real.
In the meadow dusk I park my Aerostar
With a loaded gun and sweet dreams of you.

I'll always be a dreamin' man
I don't have to understand
I know it's alright.

I see your curves and I feel your vibrations
You dressed in black and white, you lost in the mall
I watch you disappear past Club Med Vacations
Another sleepless night, a sun that won't fall.

I'll always be a dreamin' man
I don't have to understand
I know it's alright.

Now the night is gone, a new day is dawning
And our homeless dreams go back to the street
Another time or place, another civilization
Would really make this life feel so complete.

I'll always be a dreamin' man
I don't have to understand
I know it's alright.

Dreamin' man
He's got a problem
Dreamin' man
Dreamin' man
He's got a problem
Dreamin' man.

Does anyone know the song's origin? Did he have a specific person in mind when he wrote it? Neil repeated the story of Old King many times but I don't recall him ever talking about Dreamin' Man.


At 10/05/2009 08:41:00 AM, Anonymous SONY said...

I'll always be a dreamin' man
I don't have to understand.
(He say's it right up front)

I think it's just a collection of contrasting thoughts that juxtapose some feelings and observations.

I think he's smiling and kinda laughin all the way through it. Very light in a world of heavy. Self amusement looking straight in the mirror. The varied thoughts of heart and mind.

...."yes that's my problem"...

A direct confession.

I can't tell when I'm not being real

At 10/05/2009 06:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your thoughts SONY, but what do you make of the line "with a loaded gun and sweet dreams of you"? Makes me think the song might be about a stalker/killer but describing him merely as a "dreamin' man" seems unduly kind. The reference to Club Med Vacations makes me wonder if Neil was reacting to a specific incident that he heard about or maybe someone he knew. It's a great song but I've always found the lyrics perplexing.


At 10/06/2009 08:37:00 AM, Anonymous SONY said...

Maybe he's roll playing a couple different guys (or 'everyman') dealing with their ladies and the stray thoughts that sometimes come over them. That loaded gun should really be in the window of a pickup. But the aerostar connotes a 'family man' to me. Past Club Med Vacations is probably the last store on the corner corncorse at the mall, now he can't see her.

The rest? who knows.

It's a dream, only a dream......
It's only a dream
Just a memory without anywhere to stay


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