Comment of the Moment: "Thrasher" - Neil Young, Philadelphia - October 8, 2014
Neil Young, Philadelphia - October 8, 2014
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The Comment of the Moment is from 36 Years Since Our Last "Thrasher": Neil Young, Philadelphia - October 8, 2014 by TopangaDaze:
In my opinion, Thrasher is without question Neil's lyrical masterpiece (followed closely by Ambulance Blues).Thanks TopangaDaze! So fear? hmm. We always like to think of Neil as a pretty fearless character. Maybe his way of recognizing the fear but his way of pushing beyond the fear?
To me, most of Neil's songs are incredibly "meaningful" but they're also "meaningless" when looking for clarity of intent. Lyrically, most of them lack directness (until his more recent literal works beginning with Prairie Wind). That is to say, they are very cryptic and mean different things to everyone (including Neil I believe). At his best, his songs just flew out of him in clever image couplets. To this day, no one has ever explained to me what a Cinnamon Girl is or a Cowgirl in the Sand. I could go on and on, but I know what they mean to me and that's the beauty of his writing.
As for playing Thrasher at his recent shows, it seems pretty clear to me. Thrasher is one of the few songs he's written that while beautifully poetic, also contains some pretty direct feelings about loss and age.
To me, his playing it now is his expression of brutally honest fear. Fear of potential dementia (like his father), fear of irrelevance in an ever changing world, fear of leaving something left unsaid and/or undone. There's no time left to wait (for us or for him)..
A truly beautiful song, by an incredibly moving artist facing his mortality. He's taking stock of what really matters and is opening up much of himself for us all. We are seeing and hearing what matters most to him now, and I feel at the same time he's encouraging us all to take action. With ourselves first, and then with the people and the things that matter most to us.
"How I lost my friends, I still don't understand"...
Because, as everyone knows, there is no point in living in fear.
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