Comment of the Moment: "How hard should Neil Young try?"
Farm Aid 2013 Press Conference
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Neil Young's recent website message asking "How hard should I try?" certainly was thought provoking.
Naturally, most would like Neil to get back to the music -- an obviously valid suggestion.
We're of two minds on the question, but we'll come back to that later.
First, the Comment of the Moment by Dan1:
When I read between the lines I fear A BREAK from touring ...Thanks Dan1! When push comes to shove, it seems like Neil was put on this planet to make music.
The way I look at it, Neil is a package ... he's got 10 balls in the air all the time and somehow all these projects, whether they be in entertainment, or activism, hobbies, charity ... they all work together to keep him balanced and his creative forces maximized ... i believe thats one of the secrets to his amazing longevity as a performing artist and his prolificness (if thats a word) as a recording artist ...
I've always admired his activism and how he's carried that torch 50 years after the 60s, not that I always agree ... for example I'm skeptical of ethanol (at least corn based) as a true solution to our fossil fuel addiction ... all that said, disagreeing on some issues doesn't change my incredible admiration for Neil as a person and as an artist ...
BUT where I selfishly get nervous is where I fear he'll get too involved in these causes and pull back from musical output and especially touring ... as he ages and his choice of musical companions dwindles the prospect of less touring becomes more likely ... selfishly (and helplessly) hoping thats a long way off and that he doesn't get too into these other endeavors ... here's hoping Neil's golden age continues unabated
FWIW, we'd love to hear another Greendale or Living With War meditation on our state of affairs. But there's probably a lot of been there, done that.
It seems -- as if there's ever any discernible pattern -- that going away from the music thru his various side projects (as Dan1 above suggests), always brings him back into ever sharper focus. His Farm Aid 2013 setlist was certainly inspired and inspiring.
As the editor of Broken Arrow magazine wrote: "Neil Young continues to humble me."
In the end, the Muse will prevail.
IOW, what would Pete & Willie do?
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