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Monday, July 15, 2013

Comment of the Moment: Message from Crazy Horse Personnel

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Köln, Germany - July 12, 2013
Photo by Wolfgang Immig
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As mentioned previously, much discussion on the intent of Neil's nightly "Message from Crazy Horse Personnel". Is this the farewell tour? Or just a friendly wave goodbye?

So is there really more to the words than meet the ears?

Here's the Comment of the Moment on Message from Crazy Horse Personnel + "Roll Another Number" - Luxembourg, Jul 11, 2013 by Hounds that Howl:
My interpretation on this section of Neil's "So Long and Good Night" speech is he is being all inclusive. The "We" to whom he is referring is All of the Crazy Horse Personnel (those on and off stage) and each member of the 20,000 plus audience at each concert. The audience and Crazy Horse meld in to one body grooving to the music and the message from the muse. So, I believe he is speaking to all of us because we have all become one.

As far as Poncho's gestures/theatrics, he's always been the most demonstrative of the three on stage. He's continuously interacting with the audience. Billy and Ralph quietly go about their craft, and I'm sure sometimes Ralph is watching the Yankee game on his iPad.

Is Poncho signaling something or is it Poncho being Poncho? As wise man once asked me "What's in a gesture?" Every time I go see a show, any show, I just assume it will be the last time I see the musicians so I stay in the moment, in the groove, be with their muse and enjoy the ride.

Thanks Hounds that Howl! Have to agree that Neil's comments are directed at both the band and the audience. A wise man indeed. Oneness is goodness. :)

However this plays out, the music will go on forever.



At 7/15/2013 12:53:00 PM, Blogger M.Winston Young said...

I'd say that Hounds that Howl's commentary is pretty close to the truth, and nicely put as to how we are like one with the artist and his band. I think that so long as these four musicians stay healthy, fit and willing there will always be a chance for a performance or a short tour at home. An overseas tour could be a different thing altogether, so this could very well be their last European visit, and I think this is Neil's way of acknowledging his audience, and wishing them well if he doesn't make it back again, and I wouldn't attach too much significance to Poncho's gestures.

At 7/15/2013 01:29:00 PM, Anonymous growl said...

This may well be the last intercontinental jaunt for the Horse but I feel certain Neil will back with us in
Europe, either solo or with some younger fellows, a couple more times yet. Meanwhile, I still have August 19 to savour.

At 7/16/2013 03:31:00 PM, Anonymous Soldier Steve said...

Im Thinking That In 2014 We Will See Neil Hitting The Road With CSNY For The 40Th Anniversary 1974 Tour.To Go Along With The '74 Tour Box Set Being Released Next Year. Keep On Rockin'

At 7/16/2013 05:15:00 PM, Blogger M.Winston Young said...

2011 saw the Springfield back in action; 2012 the Horse got back together, so why not a CSN&Y reunion for 2014? Maybe we could even see a new album. Recent songs like 'Singer Without a Song' and 'Hole in the Sky' would fit quite nicely on a new recording from these guys.


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