"It's too late in the game for subtle lyrics": Micah Nelson on Neil Young
Micah Nelson - "The Message"
It looks like Neil Young -- in anticipation of the upcoming backlash against the album The Monsanto Years -- has begun to make pre-emptive moves to defend it's core message.
Earlier this week, Neil Young posted a video on Facebook titled "The Message". If you haven't checked it out yet, please do so before proceeding with this posting.
OK, now that you've watched the video and actually returned, we just have to say that we are pleased to see that the Neil camp is getting a little bit more sophisticated in today's information wars.
Neil knows that the Monsanto supporters and PR flaks will lie and twist the facts in an attempt to marginalize The Monsanto Years so he's taking an early offensive position by releasing his "talking points" via band members of Promise of the Real themselves.
When Micah Nelson says in the video that "It's too late in the game for subtle lyrics", we could not agree more. Already, we have seen many comments here at TW about the lyrical quality of The Monsanto Years.
In fact, we here at TW responded to similar charges about the lack of poetry and mystery in the lyrics of his 21st century albums that we referred to as The Message Trilogy: Greendale, Living with War and Fork in the Road:
Recently, we wrote about how the initial consensus around Neil Young's Greendale and Living With War was that they were flawed and misguided. Our opinion was that Fork in the Road seemed to be falling right into the same mindset. But we maintain that the three works together actually constitute a cohesive trilogy that may just validate Neil's early 21st century work.
There's an intriguing arc between the three albums. With Greendale , Neil sounds the alarm that something has gone terribly wrong on a number of fronts. Living With War was a direct confrontation of the need for a call to action. Fork in the Road -- the 3rd installment of the trilogy -- reveals Neil coming to grips with the fact that first you recognize a problem, then you call out the need to address it, and finally you do something about it.
And now we add The Monsanto Years to become "The Message Quadrilogy".
Sadly -- as Micah Nelson so eloquently points out -- "It's too late in the game for subtle lyrics".
Deal with it. Game on.
peace & love. stay calm. no fear. use discernment. recognize the illusion. be the wheat. prepare for the big shift and keep on rockin' in the free world.
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