Comment of the Moment: Neil Young Has Gone and Done Me Wrong
The pain of the cancellation of Neil Young And Crazy Horse's remaining N. American concert tour dates continues for many.
While it would seem that many of the more devoted fans have taken events somewhat in stride, there continues to be those who feel just plain wronged by Neil and his decision to not to consider alternatives.
Last week in an interview, Daniel Lanois, a participant and co-producer of the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic said that he understood that "Neil's head was not there" regarding alternatives.
Which brings us to the Comment of the Moment on Neil Young News: What does Daniel Lanois do when Neil Young and Crazy Horse are forced to cancel? - The Globe and Mail by Phil who said...
"His head was not there". HA!Well.
Yes it's Neil, and we've all learned through the years that he marches to his own tune, but I defy anyone here to use that same excuse with their boss/significant other/family member, etc when you don't want to do something. We all have bosses, as Bob Dylan said: you got to serve somebody. Neil's 'somebody' just happens to be his fans.
Imagine this scenario -
ME: Hi Boss, I'm not going to be showing up for the next 11 very crucial presentations in the coming two months. I know they're important and I know that a lot of time and effort have been expended to make these things happen, plans have been made months in advance, money spent, etc., and I'm certainly aware that I'm the pivotal member of the team and everything will fall apart without me, but my head's just not into it.
Boss: Well why won't you show up?
Me: The attorney that I always use hurt himself.
Boss: And there's no other attorney that you can work with?
Me: Duh, of course there are others, I worked with plenty of others in the past, but this attorney, it's just that we work so well together and to make a change now means I'd have to do a whole lot of extra work under a lot of pressure just to please some stupid customers that I don't care about, and well, my head's just not there.
Boss: I happen to care a lot about our customers, seriously, you can't change on the fly and accommodate someone else's needs for once, even though it's entirely possible?
Me: Yep, that's correct. Boss: Please clean out your desk and pick up your final check at HR on your way out.
Me: Phew, at least I followed my muse no matter who got inconvenienced. Luckily I'm rich so I'll certainly be fine, screw the lot of 'em if they don't like it.
First, as we've disclosed previously, we're just as bummed as many other fans on the news of Poncho's broken hand and missing out on what we hoped would be an intimate theater gig with the Horse.
But we must say that Phil's analogy is -- shall we say -- a bit flawed. As in, Phil presents a false equivalency of a typical corporate hierarchy arrangement of manager and subordinate and an artist and his work and audience.
The situations are in vastly different universes of comparison. Yes, if Neil saw him self purely in the "musical entertainment business", than well maybe the analogy would bear some merit. But we've been thru the collision of Art and Commerce analysis before and we know that Neil Young does not operate from the standard template.
So why would he handle this situation any differently?
All of this said, we can imagine that Neil and Manager Elliot Roberts possibly had a vaguely similar discussion to the one above.
At the end, Elliot says there will be lots of pissed off folks and you'll lose another segment of your fan base. And we know what Neil's response was: "Fine".
This is the story of Neil's career and that which has kept him vital. Sometimes you have to destroy to build and move forward.
Yeah, it sucks.
But. We feel -- and know in our heart -- that Neil Young will be back. And he'll make all this up by putting out more brilliant music.
Relax. Everything is gonna be alright. Just like with Charlie & Lucy. Just like with The Archives and The Buffalo Springfield.
"Some see life as a broken promise
Some see life as an endless fight
They think they live in the age of darkness
They think they live in the age of fright
It's an angry world
And everything is gonna be alright"
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