Neil Young: Still Singing Truth To Power
As usual, lots of to and fro here and there in the extended Neil Young rustie universe.
We've seen this cycle before where between albums, tours, etc., fans get restless with our favorite polymath. What's next? What happened to that planned release? Neil's working on a film. Or a book. Or a car. Or a new audio technology. Or marching against GMO's or pipelines or some other injustice.
We have all been here before. And we know who still has the courage to sing truth to power, now don't we? Why? (Hint: There's Corruption on THE HIGHEST FLOOR (and most of the floors below, as well.)
Which brings us to a recent comment by TopangaDaze who said on the post Neil Young's Statement on Standing Rock and Dakota Access Pipeline:
Not that Neil or Thrasher need me to come to their defense, but in a good way, they are who we thought they were. Sometimes music dominates, other times social awareness is central, and sometimes the two meld together beautifully.Thanks Topanga D.! We're NOT going to take your advice. ;) Afterall, it's all about YOU & me.
Recently Neil has been propelled and compelled by various factors that have dominated, informed and driven his musical output. Repetitive, yes; boring, yes; well thought out, no; lyrically sharp, no; musically evocative, no; popular, certainly not!
At his peak, Neil was mysterious, quixotic, captivating, intellectually challenging and musically primitively complex.
Okay, those days are largely gone, but:
we still have our hero delivering dynamite live shows
we still have our hero doing what he wants to do
we still have our hero asking questions & speaking out
we still have our hero pissing us off
we still have our hero
we still have our hero
Keep listening, it's worth it.
You can choose from any period beginning in the 60's through today. Keep listening--you'll hear things. You'll hear things you never heard before, even though you've listened hundreds of times before. You'll hear things you didn't believe then, but do now. You'll hear things you didn't want to hear then, but need to now. You'll hear things you loved then, but don't now (and vice versa).
Neil's writing the final chapters of his journey. It's always been about war and peace, and love and hate. It's always been about dreams and nightmares, and hope and despair. It's always been about escape and imprisonment, inside and outside. It's always been real, it's always been about him, it's always been about you, it's always been about me, it's always been about us.
Whether I like what Neil's currently doing or not, it tells me something. It tells me how he's changed and continues to change; It tells me how I've changed and continue to change.
I will listen to Peace Trail when it comes out on December 9th, and I will continue to visit this great community led by Thrasher.
Has it been worth it? Yes.
Has it changed? Yes.
Will I continue to pay attention? Yes.
Take my advice
Don't listen to me
Show me the way and I'll follow you someday... until we cross over after "The Big Shift"...
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