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Friday, February 22, 2013

Comment of the Moment: "She's Always Dancing" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

"She's Always Dancing" music video screenshot
by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

The Comment of the Moment is from VIDEO FLASHBACK: "She's Always Dancing" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse by ahpost:

Thanks for revisiting the SAD video. I must have missed the 11/16 spat on this blog [ed - see here and there], and reading it now, I'm more than a little surprised, not that there is some criticism, but that the "reviews" of the song and video come off like something out of my local high school weekly newspaper.

Both I and my wife loved the video, and have watched it and discussed it many many times.

By the way, we are both progressive activists, which matters not one bit except that politics seems to be a big issue with the bloggers on 11/16 [ed - see here]. Neil by using movie clips from a bygone era suggests that women - and perhaps the women in his life, the most important people to him by far - love to dance. He suggests that this is timeless. Neil both admires this and is mystified by this in women:

She wants to live without ties to bind her down
She wants to dance with her body left at ground
She wants to spin, and she lives in her own world
She wants to dream like she was a little girl

Dancing for women is a pure expression of freedom, of living in a dream.

The men in the video, for the most part, come across as sleazy, pathetic, slightly stupid, and even cruel. Yet the women won't let that inhibit their love of dancing. Do they want to be watched?

In many cases yes, but that's hardly their main impetus for loving to dance, for expressing themselves in a way that men, or at least Neil, can barely begin to grasp. The first man seen may love dancing, and dances beautifully, but he turns it into dehumanizing judgement, something that the women depicted would never consider. The next segment at the drive-in, the women in spite of the foul men in their cars and stiff suits, choose just to enjoy themselves and be happy and carefree, without a thought that the situation is beyond creepy.

When Neil almost cries "She loves to burn", he does so with a longing for the kind of passion that men can only consider a mystery, like that of the later dancers in the vid. Neil's most recent writing, from No Hidden Path to the final verse of Hitchhiker to Ramada Inn, is more and more about his respect and adoration for women, particularly the women in his life; wife, daughter, sister, perhaps - that he feels have saved him. Maybe he puts women up on too high a pedestal, maybe that can seem unhealthy to some. But who can argue that the peace in Neil's life that women have brought to him has produced a level of creativity that is extraordinary for a rocker in is late sixties.

"When you dance, I can really love"
Thanks ahpost! Great comment and appreciated.

Absolutely agree... "When you dance, I can really love".

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At 2/22/2013 07:53:00 AM, Anonymous Grungy said...

From Hawks n Doves

So my sweet love
Can dance another free day

Lotta dancin goin on!

At 2/22/2013 09:20:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

See the girl dance...

At 2/22/2013 10:41:00 AM, Blogger dean farinha said...

If Neil reads any of this, I imagine he must laugh at how much people read into his videos. "Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigar!"

At 2/22/2013 11:10:00 AM, Anonymous Grungy said...

If Neil reads any of this I'm sure he thinks all the whining, grandstanding and bickering is just childish!

At 2/22/2013 12:32:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

I just did a quick web search on "whining grandstanding and bickering". Very interesting results! Seems it's the go to target cliche for lots and lots of commentors, especially those folks from the ultra conservative side of the political spectrum.

But look it up yourself...I would never want to whine about this and/or bicker with anyone. And I try not to grandstand--you can hardly see home plate from there!

At 2/22/2013 04:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

another slow day on TW

At 2/22/2013 05:15:00 PM, Anonymous Grungy said...

I should clarify, I was referring to some of the previous threads, just a refresher.

Where's the Horse? I don't like Americana, self indulgent guitar solos on the PP/tour, where's the hits? cost of tickets, it's not what I wanted...

Ok I'll stop now.

At 2/22/2013 08:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

High Flyin Bird is the best NYCH song lately. not on PP. I think NY didnt know he had a 2nd record in him. I still like Americana better.

At 2/22/2013 09:48:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

No Problemo, we're all friends here!

Just wanted to mention that I heard On The Beach played the other day on WMBR during an afternoon Lost and Found show...might be (probably is) first time I've ever heard it on the radio! So now I've played it about ten more times since then; what a great song.

Whatever will be will be....

At 2/23/2013 06:57:00 AM, Anonymous Grungy said...

Bring on another Ditch Trilogy!


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