INTERVIEW: Neil Young Still Brings Art From The Heart | Yahoo! Music
An interview with Neil Young from Yahoo! Music:
“From where I stand, I feel pretty strong. I don’t feel like I’ve got a lot of years, but I don’t feel old,” he tells Yahoo Music. “And I don’t feel fatigued about what I’m doing and about who I’m playing with.”Reading the comments on Yahoo! Music brings out the usual "doubters" -- even the tired put down "A Southern man don't need you anyway" by a typical Yahoo named Bubba?!
“We’re gonna go there and rock out!” is Young’s only agenda for their Saturday show alongside McCartney. “We have no plans for what we’re gonna play, and we won’t know what we’re gonna play until we walk out there. And we don’t know how long the songs are gonna be, and we don’t know whether were gonna play acoustic at all or whether we’re just gonna play electric. We don’t know what we’re going to do at all — and we don’t care. Because we never know.”
On Earth album: “It’s kind of a lost art, the concept album. There’s really no need for that in today’s civilization — except for me. I feel that I needed to do it.” As for whether today’s music buyers have the patience for a 98-minute experimental live album (featuring one epic track, “Love & Only Love,” that’s nearly a half-hour long), he shrugs: “It doesn’t really matter. The thing is, we make the record, we do what we do, we create the art, we finish the thing, we feel good about what we’ve done — and we move on. That’s what matters. … I’m not really a commercial success, in as much as, you know, I don’t sell millions of records. I have done all of these things, but now it’s more important for me to just do what I want to do. It’s more important that art live, and that the expression happens, than anything else.”
“You’re certainly not going to hear about [GMOs] on the news stations. … You don’t hear about the Monsanto problems on mainstream media, just like you don’t hear about Bernie Sanders in mainstream media,” Young says.
“You know, certain things are corporate-controlled. We’ve come to accept a democracy that’s really a ‘corporocracy’ or something. It’s not really democracy,” Young continues. “Because it’s controlled, paid for, and manipulated by corporations. … Corporations aren’t people. They don’t have consciences and they don’t have children. … I can’t ignore that, and I have nothing to gain from ignoring it.”
So what keeps him so energized? “I don’t have any laurels! My laurels are all missing. They’ve relaxed,” he laughs. “I don’t know, I just keep going … ’cause it’s fun.”
It seems even the trolls' low standards are slipping.
Anywho. Once again, Neil is unfazed by the somewhat insipid questions and demonstrates his integrity is still intact and he could care less what folks think about his stance on GMO's and Monsanto. Neil still speaks truth to power which makes him a target as the Humanitarian Rebel With Causes that he is.
Neil's art is from the heart, as much as some folks think it comes from somewhere else.