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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Neil Young on Being a Connected Learner

An interesting clip from Neil Young's interview on the Charlie Rose Show in 2008.

In the clip, Neil discusses how he uses the power of the internet and passion based learning for his Lincvolt project.

For many, the one hour long interview was perhaps the most comfortable and open that Neil has ever given on television. A range of topics were discussed and Neil -- for the most part -- put forth his best effort in giving a straightforward response.


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At 10/05/2011 08:05:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

I think he did great in that interview. I can tell Charlie Rose was ready to go deep with Neil. Wasn't he on Travis Smiley, too? That was another great interview -- short but to the point.

Yes, Neil has always been a "connected learner" and thanks to his Mother who let him grow into his interests and curiosities instead of forcing him to comply with education standards and conventions at the time.

I know quite a few parents who are raising their children this way, too. Instead of forcing standardized curriculum, they're allowing their children to follow their own inquiry an curiosity about life. I know an 8 year old who can tell you all about the cosmos, black holes, and this new discovery of finding something faster than light!

Neil's passion, curiosity, vision, motivation, and good will most certainly grew out of his experiences and love for his family and respect for Mother Earth. Thank God his mother saw that and gave him encouragement instead of killing that spirit most kids have when they are growing up.

At 10/05/2011 08:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bert Jansch 1943 - 2011

At 10/05/2011 08:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle, has died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.

Jansch was born in Glasgow on November 3, 1943, and was also renowned for his prowess as a guitar virtuoso.

Some of the musicians he influenced included Jimmy Page, Johnny Marr, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Neil Young, Bernard Butler and Paul Simon.

That guitar talent along with his singing and songwriting skills saw him become a leading figure in the British folk music revival of the 1960s, with some characterising him as a British Bob Dylan.

Jansch had been due to play at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on August 20, though the show was cancelled after he was hospitalised, the news bringing hundreds of get-well messages from fans online. He passed away at 12.30am this morning.

Some current stars have already expressed their condolences. Indie singer-songwriter Owen Pallett said simply: “Thank you Bert Jansch.” Meanwhile fans and music-lovers are taking to the internet in their droves to post their own highlights of the great Scottish musician.

Recording several solo albums, Jansch attained further recognition after becoming a founding member of popular folk-rock band Pentangle in 1968, touring and recording with them until their break-up in 1972 and also during the 80s and early 90s after their reformation.

Jansch received two Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards – one for his solo achievements in 2001 and the other, in 2007, as a member of Pentangle – who again reformed in 2008 to acclaim.

In 2009 he was diagnosed with lung cancer, but after treatment went on to perform a two-month, co-headlining US tour with Neil Young last year. About his massive influence on other musicians, he told the Guardian last year: “"I'm not one for showing off. But I guess my guitar-playing sticks out."

At 10/05/2011 09:00:00 AM, Anonymous Mother Nature said...


Neil & Pegi,

Thank you for sharing your deep love and respect for this man and the beautiful music he created. Had it not been for the two of you reaching out to him and his music, some of us would have never gotten to hear him play live.

There is so much joy and beauty in music. Thank you for sharing it with us by letting Bert hang around with the two of you on your tours!

"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make..."


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