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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Comment of the Moment: "Young's willingness to go to new places"


Back in September, we came across a heated debate on a New York Times football discussion board involving the merits of Neil Young's music. Upon which a whole another debate here naturally ensued. Imagine that?!

Well, wouldn't you know it, but one of the participants stumbled back over here to Thrasher's Wheat to try and clarify the whole debate. So here's Walt Bennett on what we're certain will be the final word on Neil Young's musical influence:
Look at what I stumbled upon.

First I'd like to thank you for quoting me so generously. I write this well on a regular basis at if you'd like to visit.

Second, I'm sad to note that not a single commenter got my point. My point was that Rich was trying to be rational about the irrational. Somebody called his attitude "pompous" and I understand that reaction, but to me it's more a matter of a crazy belief that this society encourages, that we can actually know somebody so well that we can speak with authority about them. Comparing Neil Young to Bob Dylan is roughly comparable to comparing Frank Lloyd Wright to Yves St. Laurent - after all, they both design things, don't they?

My point that seems to have gone completely unobserved is that Neil Young can only be "judged" by the response he elicits from others. Rich attempted to compare one aspect of Young's art with that same aspect of the greatest giant of the second half of the century in that regard, the man who took over from Frost and added a little guitar. Or took over from Guthrie, if you prefer.

Neil Young, who came along at roughly the same time, a bit later, never attempted to be Dylan. He was very rarely overtly political, much more often romantic or hell-bent. He came to make you rock, literally. He was appealing to your body, to your emotions.

I saw a comment about feeling Young in one's own way, and I concur. I remember my first listens to each of his records. They were always revelatory experiences. They always transported me. And the real beauty of those experiences is that they were possible only because Young was willing to go to new places, and in so doing he was able to take me and presumably many of you to new places.

Dylan did that too, but I think even Rich would agree that after 1970 it was much more hit-or-miss.

And certainly Young has had his share of clunkers, and of course the reason is that he was taking chances.

And to this day Young still makes interesting, daring, occasionally brilliant music.

My point, in the end, was: What else does a poor boy need?

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At 11/18/2009 12:56:00 AM, Blogger Walt Bennett said...

I guess I just don't get the tone of this place, so somebody please explain: Is "sure to be the last word" meant to be snarky, funny or something else?

I assume it is not meant literally, so am I to assume my sincere efforts to explain the ultimately unexplainable are being met with, shall we say, mockery?

At 11/21/2009 12:54:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...


No mockery intended.

Just messing with what seems like there can never be a final word on anything.

Irony maybe? Tongue in cheek?

Minor snark.

All fun.

Thanks for being a good sport.


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