Neil Young: My Defining Moment - One wrong note opened the door to a new world
Neil Young recalling how a musical mistake led to a magnificent moment in AARP:
There I was, 18 years old, standing on a small stage in a smoky coffeehouse in Fort William, Ontario. My band consisted of two friends, Bob and Ken, on drums and bass. It had been a good set, and we were into our last number, “Farmer John.” Three chords pounded over and over as we approached the end of the song. As I began my usual solo, Bob hit a cymbal crash that struck me differently. Ken hit his bass extra hard. Somehow I started on the wrong notes, lower than the ones I was trying to hit, but it didn’t sound bad. I slipped up to the higher notes and something happened. I lost track of time. My fingers were flying all over the neck! I reached down and turned my amp up all the way, then I just took off. Hyperventilating, I felt a cold breeze behind my eyes. Time stood still as we slashed and bashed at those three chords with power that seemed to come from somewhere else. It was the first time.
After the set ended, the crowd was going crazy, screaming and clapping as we left the stage. I felt amazing! A great local guitarist approached me from the audience. “What the hell was that?” he asked. “I have never heard you play like that. I have never seen anything like that. What happened? Where did you learn that?”Also, the deadline for entering contest for free passes to "An Evening With Neil Young" is Wednesday, February 24, 5PM EST. Details for entering contest for free passes at CONTEST: "An Evening With Neil Young" Free Passes .
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