Comment of the Moment: Neil Young's New Album 'Earth'
The Comment of the Moment is from the post PREVIEW: Neil Young's New Album 'Earth' by Barry Cameron:
The state of play as it stands is that we have our master and the master he is.Thanks Barry. Liked the part about walking the dog and singing "No Hidden Path". We think we may know that feeling you speak of. Oh yes, our EARTH will resonate deeply for a long long time.
Neil Young has experienced creative riches that are beyond most artists. He has ploughed his own field in his own way in his own time.
Nobody is going to change that so what do we do?
We have to just go with the flow, the feeling the vibe the now and detach from constraints of modern living.
I think what Neil is trying to merge is perhaps his longstanding theme that has been running throughout his art since the move to the Ranch. So many stories so many instances but Neil has ALWAYS been in connection with Nature.
From listening to record playbacks in the middle of his lake, to recording Will to Love in front of fire, to incorporating his life with Ben into his early 80s work, to overdubbing Blowing in the wind on Weld tour and my particular favourite, watching him sniff and scratch and howl and Hammersmith in 2008 while playing Old King.
What i am trying to say i s that i think this Album is nothing new, nothing to be surprised about and nothing to be daunted by. He is taking environmental concepts like recycling his work and applying the juxtapose of nature into the thread of that work.
I admit... initially i was not so sure but this morning it completely clicked with me.
I was walking the dog out in the fields, it is 7am, its misty, its getting warm, its hazy. I started singing "No Hidden Path" to myself and i became aware that i was taking the song as it was meant to be listened to. Not in a room. Not on Pono. Not on £500 headphones but in the space of my mind ... i became aware of the trees, the birds whistling , the little burn (stream) trickling by the bottom of the slope and the dog snorting and sniffing in the grass....
as it was imagined by the guy who created it.
This is his gift to me - one that is mine - whenever and however i see fit.
I think that is the real value in the art Neil give me. I can take it apply in the context i feel works for me.
I think this is what Earth is created to be. I think it will take a leap of faith from most and a persons actual belief in being a nature loving and spiritually connected person to our planet. If you have this in you i think Earth will resonate deeply for a long long time.
If you dont' feel that way then you may struggle with this one.