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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Comment of the Moment: Stills-Young Band's 1976 Tour Opener

Stephen Stills and Neil Young Band
Jerry Aiello, keyboards, Joe Lala, percussion, George "Chocolate" Perry, bass, & Joe Vitale, drums

Philadelphia Spectrum - June 29, 1976
© ROGER BARONE 1976

The Comment of the Moment is on the Stills-Young Band's aborted 1976 tour by Jim Mckelvey:
Just wanted to say that I got to see the Stills/Young tour opener at Pine Knob as a fan and as I left was thinking that must have been what it was like to see the Buffalo Springfield in their prime. Why don't we have an official soundboard of the BS at this late date, too? Did Bill Graham really screw up that badly or is Elliott hiding something for later?

Steve Stills and Neil Young both did something that hadn't really been done before at the outdoor amphitheater, that was the first of its kind in the country, run by the Nederlanders in NYC. Both Stills and Young did their call and response lead guitar playing on the very edge of the stage way in front of the band. At times their toes were over the edge of the stage and I was concerned they were each so into their playing that they were going to fall into the audience, honestly.

The mid-show acoustic portion was intense but the electric stuff was way over the top and they just were flying musically on fire.

Now, I know it all fell apart in, I think, Greensboro, North Carolina with the "eat a peach" thing but just outside Detroit for the opener they almost couldn't have been better. I went to both nights it was so good but had tinnitus for the rest of the week. Pretty sure they went overtime on the opening night just as Stills had done with Manassas there in 1972. It was rumored to be $1000 per minute and for the Manassas show Stills did the entire first side of the debut album in overtime after 10:30 PM. The audience knew that he was paying through the nose to play for them and the energy was over the top as was the opener of the Stills/Young tour.

Honestly, it is a shame that tour blew up because if it had kept pace with the debut, or mercy gotten better, it would have been an epic tour still talked about to this day. For my blood that tour was not a misstep at all.

Just saying...I would not be surprised if these shows were the same length only the call and response electric lead playing was longer on the second night. It was so long ago I just can't remember. Sure hope some soundboards of that tour surface this year on the archives webpage since this is right in the pocket time wise for the Archives II project.

1976-06-23, Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan, USA
w/ The Stills-Young Band
Love The One You're With / The Loner / Long May You Run / For What It's Worth / Old Man / Black Queen / Southern Man / On The Way Home / Know You Got To Run / Heart Of Gold / Crossroads / Word Game / Everybody's Talkin' / Ohio / Buyin' Time / Evening Coconut / Let It Shine / Make Love To You / Cowgirl In The Sand / The Treasure

1976-06-24, Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan, USA
w/ The Stills-Young Band
Love The One You're With / The Loner / Long May You Run / For What It's Worth / Helpless / Black Queen / Southern Man / On The Way Home / Buyin' Time / Evening Coconut / Let It Shine / Make Love To You / Cowgirl In The Sand / The Treasure
Thanks for the memories Jim! Really enjoying the flashbacks these days from the days that used to be.

More on Stephen Stills and Neil Young: My 1976 Spectrum Memories in Photos and Words by ROGER BARONE.

Stephen Stills and Neil Young Guitars
Philadelphia Spectrum - June 29, 1976
© ROGER BARONE 1976

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At 9/05/2017 07:07:00 PM, Blogger Joel Grant said...

I saw them in Richland, OH, near Cleveland, but to be honest my memory of the experience is limited. I do recall an idiot near us, totally zonked on some sort of booze/downer combination, started lighting and throwing cherry bombs. He was hauled out quickly, fortunately.

But of the music I recall very little, drat.

 
At 9/05/2017 07:35:00 PM, Blogger KONWAKITON said...

I SAW NEIL AT ALTAMONT SPEEDWAY 12/6/69 --- IT WAS AWFUL --- I THINK ??? --- HARD TO REMEMBER --- THAT HELICOPTER DAY

 
At 9/05/2017 07:36:00 PM, Blogger Syscrusher said...

There's a live version of Midnight In The Bay where some idiot lights off some fire crackers and Neil has a funny quip for him.

 
At 9/05/2017 07:39:00 PM, Blogger KONWAKITON said...

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At 9/05/2017 07:42:00 PM, Blogger KONWAKITON said...

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At 9/05/2017 07:44:00 PM, Blogger KONWAKITON said...

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At 9/06/2017 08:30:00 AM, Blogger joe lookout said...

Midnight on the bay with fire crackers!!!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCksUKVMO4E

 
At 9/06/2017 10:15:00 AM, Blogger windowasher said...

Actually it was Richfield Oh at the old Coliseum. I have some pictures of that show.

 
At 9/06/2017 12:40:00 PM, Blogger Hunter Brown said...

I saw that Greensboro show with Poco and it was GREAT to me!!!!!

 
At 9/06/2017 11:32:00 PM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

I saw one of the two shows at Pine Knob, can't remember which, and don't remember being aware that Pine Knob was the tour opener. Unfortunately, I don't remember anything other than thinking it was a competent, yet underwhelming experience- but I was up on the lawn and probably didn't have a good enough sense of things. Maybe if I'd been closer I would have seen them up at the edge of the stage, and gotten a better sense of the call and response. The one thing I remember distinctly was the encore of Suite Judy Blue Eyes, and thinking to myself how well they pulled it off with just the two of them. Would love to have a better memory tho, that's for sure.

A Friend Of Yours

 
At 9/07/2017 10:33:00 AM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

Yes, I scored 5th row center for the opening night and 10th row from a scalper on the second night which is a completely different experience than the lawn. The lawn there, for me, was a party place with music in the background pretty much (YMMV, however). Down front you kind of feel like you are onstage with them so it is a different experience, just saying. I'm always looking for transcendence rather disparately "in the field" like in the Robert Redford movie called "The Legend of Bagger Vance" where he NAILED a visual of transcendence.

So glad I don't have to explain it since it is right here...this is what an Essene does which is "the expectant ones." Neil/Stephen, David Lindley, Richard Thompson and so many others get me there in the field.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2l53XaK010

 
At 9/07/2017 11:17:00 PM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

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At 9/07/2017 11:21:00 PM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

O.K., Jim. I'm game for taking this post a little sideways. Transcendence has always been the thing I've been after in my life. The view from the ground of the lower self doesn't reveal enough, and in the interim of rising to the higher self, transcendence is a handy shortcut. I watched the video, and know the outlines of what you're talking about, but I need a little more from you on this: "... this is what an Essene does which is 'the expectant ones.'" Also, as I understand it, interaction with the field involves intention, in order to accomplish one thing or another. What is it you accomplish in an intentional way after being drawn into the field via the transcendence of music, and how does it relate to the activities of an Essene? Assuming we're referring to a sect that no longer exists- or does it?

A Friend Of Yours

 
At 9/08/2017 12:43:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@ Jim - Good mantra there to always be looking for transcendence.

Aren't we all? And wouldn't many of us agree that some of our most transcendent moments been at a concert where it all comes together? The music/artist/band goes totally into their zone. The audience becomes one and unified, singing, clapping & cheering. we all know that feeling. And how we wish it could be taken out into the streets with us after the show.

Is not to be "in the field" not the essence of Essene?

We ARE "the expectant ones."

@ A Friend Of Yours - nice to see , you always.

And thanks for taking our discussion sideways into an area where TW has rarely treaded aside from our musings on "The Big Shift". (Actually, we're considering re-thinking this because it seems to baffle many. Maybe The Little Shift is a better term?)

Agree that it is all about intention.

As for Essene? We'll let Jim jump in on that.

because there is no hidden path...
there are no secrets ... none. zero.
There are only lies which cover up the truth.
namaste

 
At 9/10/2017 03:06:00 PM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

Really good questions and let me ponder them as I've been thinking about this ever since this happened to me in downtown Detroit at Masonic Auditorium during shows by Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell and Loggin and Messina's first tour in 1972.

This whole thing all has to do with the procession of the equinox and learning things in what used to be called the Mystery Schools. Often those schools were underground like in Mt. Carmel, Alexandria, Qumran, Tibet, India, Ireland, Scotland and southern France right near Spain. Oddly enough, despite what we've been told, they were all linked at the same time, too. In fact I think the Druids hosted a huge gathering of all those places way back when, about the time of Jesus who's real name is Apollonius, but who was based on four different beings from that time.

I'm sure we lost a few people with that statement but so it goes. The shaman stuff is just out in the open now as is much of the other stuff but there is also a lot of misinformation or half truths going around so discernment is needed everywhere and right here with what I'm writing, too.

One thing that is happening is that everything that is supposed to happen within is being amplified by the media as this huge thing externally that you should be fearful of slightly in the future from right now for nearly all my life. The cold war (when in Antarctica we were all working together with no problems), the Edgar Cayce predictions of earth changes, the end of computers because of programming in 1999, the Mayan predictions that got twisted around for profit, being ready for the end of the world in a way that you aren't your brothers keeper and don't get me started on the media that reflects a world that doesn't even exist and is pretty much artificial.

Right now, as I look down at my watch like Joseph Campbell used to say, it seems to me that the planet was seeded with DNA in a deliberate manor a long time ago. This is what, maybe the fifth world, since mankind came along and 2012 was sort of a marker with 18 years before it and 18 years after it. Some say that was when the real history of mankind began was 12/21/12 and now we are four or five years into it and mankind is starting to act like that, a four or five year old.

So the Essenes go way back to the time before man was physical and Edgar Cayce did many readings on them. There is even an Edgar Cayce book about the Essenes only the material was written in the 1920's and 1930's, Cayce died in 1945 and then the caves near Qumran were discovered in 1947 where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found intact and those are all about the Essenes. Then someone from the Vatican said lets pay them by the square inch for them so they were cut up into one inch square pieces, smart idea, if you want to stay in power instead of power to the people. However, about the same time other scrolls were found in Egypt near Nag Hammadi in 1945.

Kind of follow Clif High because I like the way his mind thinks and works. It might be all fiction that he talks about but it is mind expanding fiction for sure. Right now he is talking at length of buckyballs or C-60 which is the most amazing thing I've ever heard of or about, but I digress.

It seems like we have entered the Sci Fi world that Clif High talks about now where ever you turn.

Now, on Rust this little post would have been put down right away but honestly feel like people are sort of leaning in wanting more and there are tons of books out there about this stuff.

Have a feeling I'm maxing out my word length but will do some more in a few days.

 
At 9/10/2017 03:14:00 PM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

I find, for me anyway, saying this intention out loud until the hair on my arms stands up then I know all the cells in my body got the message but if you do this don't stop till that happens and if you get goosebumps all the better (and you can work on this to make it your own but don't be 'anti' anything since then you have to have what you are against):

My intention from 9/3/17:

"I am intuitively psychic, I am really happy, I am healthy, I am centered, I am whole in body, mind and spirit which is revealed in everything I see through synchronicity and so it is."

My declaration 9/3/17:

"I hereby drop my karma, dear innate, dear higher self and dear any subtle or gross energy that is around me right now I make a proclamation from this point on suffering will be replaced with joy and what was is not going to be and so it is."

"I am worthy, I am worthy, I am worthy" with the same feeling out loud as your intention and declaration!!!

Bill Hicks said it best in this short version but his documentary goes into more detail...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgzQuE1pR1w

 
At 9/10/2017 03:32:00 PM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

The Cathar Creed (sadly, the Albigensian Crusade ended every man, women and child of them but they were a subset of the Essenes and they are back right now)

It has no membership, save those who know they belong. It has no rivals because it is non competitive. It has no ambition - it seeks only to serve.

It knows no boundaries, for nationalisms are unloving. It is not of itself because it seeks to enrich all groups and religions. It acknowledges all great teachers of all the ages who have shown the truth of love. Those who participate, practice the truth of love in all their being.

There is no walk of life or nationality that is a barrier.

Those who are, know. It seeks not to teach, but to be, and by being, enriched. It recognizes that the way we are may be the way of those around us because we are that way.

It recognizes the whole planet as a being of which we are a part.

It recognizes that the time has come for the supreme transmutation, the ultimate alchemical act of conscious change of the ego to a voluntary return to the whole.

It does not proclaim itself with a loud voice, but in the subtle realms of loving.

It salutes all those in the past who have blazoned the path, but have paid the price.

It admits no hierarchy or structure, for no one is greater than another.

Its members shall know each other by their deeds and being, and by their eyes and by no other outward sign, save the fraternal embrace.

Each one will dedicate their life to the silent loving of their neighbor and environment and the planet, will carry out their task, however exalted or humble. It recognizes the supremacy of the great idea, which may only be accomplished if the human race practices the supremacy of love.

It has no reward to offer, either here or in the hereafter, save that of the ineffable joy of being and loving. Each shall seek to advance the cause of understanding, doing good by stealth and teaching only by example.

They shall heal their neighbor, their community, our planet and living beings in whatever form they take. They shall know no fear and feel no shame and their witness shall prevail over all odds. It has no secret, no arcanum, no initiation, save that of true understanding of the power of love and that, if we want it to be so, the world will change, but only if we change.

All who belong, belong; they belong to the Church of Love.

 
At 9/10/2017 09:55:00 PM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

This kind of went way off the rails and has nothing to do with Neil Young at all so lets return to discussion on him.

 
At 9/13/2017 02:30:00 PM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

Guess I'll double down instead of delete here. Have a feeling Neil & Stephen were having some discussions about this stuff and this would have been an early part of the "time travel" saga. So "Guardian Angel" turned out to be the last track on the LP that was made in Miama with the legendary Tom Dowd getting a partial credit with the production.

Guardian Angel by Stephen Stills from the "Long May You Run" Stills/Young LP from 1976

There's a guardian angel
Watching over you, oh yes
Better mind your ways
Just might leave on you

In the darkness
Who else is really with you?
Only you alone
Got to live with you all the time

When there's no more time
And nothing left to do
Who will hear you?
Who will hear your heart?
Your guardian angel, yeah

 
At 9/13/2017 03:12:00 PM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

So re-reading Neil's "Waging Heavy Peace" and still not finding anything of depth on Dean Stockwell but my son just drove down to the Purple Crow, our local bookstore where our local writers hang out, and got me "Super Delux" so I'll check in there tonight. Stuck at home for another week just allowed to walk and not drive due to a back issue. Will keep me home for the entire Farm Aid broadcast which I hope includes Lucas and Micah's bands that I liked so well in 2014. Here is a link to those images from the 8th row where I took images all day long instead of three songs in the photo pit.

https://www.photo.net/gallery/1073435#//Sort-Newest/All-Categories/All-Time/Page-1

Now, the Essenes were also called the Gnostics and then later were called the Cathars and many of the spiritual teachers of today, the good ones you find with discernment, are reincarnated souls from those three categories and some were all three. The durogatory name lumped together for all three is Pagan that the Catholic Church used to have them, shall we say politely, eradicated. It is hard to be polite to someone who burned so many men, women and children alive but so it goes.

The Albigensian crusade (1209-1229) by the Catholic Church against the Cathar heretics of southern France is infamous for its brutality and savagery against not only the Cathars but also simple town folk who had nothing to do with the Cathars other than being their neighbors. For that town it was ordered to kill everyone, "Kill them all, God will sort them out."

"Religion is not one of my high points," Neil Young writes in "Waging Heavy Peace." "The moon means a lot to me, as does the forest. All things natural speak to me with a rhythm that I feel. It is this that probably makes me a pagan."

"Being alive may just be part of God, but not all. Great Spirt, as I like to call her, is in us all and in everything that lives or used to live, in everything that exists or used to exist. So I have no story to tell that proves anything..."

One book that Clif High recommended in a Podcast a book that is called "Thinking And Destiny" by Harold W. Percival is in its fourteenth printing and I can only read a few paragraphs at a time and then I have to think of them for a week or so.

The subtitle is "The Descent of Man into this human world and How He Will Return to The Eternal Order Of Progression."

ISBN: 978-0-911650-09-9 for hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-911650-09-8 for softcover

 
At 9/13/2017 03:27:00 PM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

For anyone who might not like to read the fictional Wim Wenders film "Wings Of Desire" has a boatload of spiritual truth in it and is a very good wrap-up of everything I've posted here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPyWp4DtzSg

The John Lam Lash video "Sophia Returning, the Path To Planetary Tantra" is another good one that is sort of like a video podcast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSBcEkIwpSk

 
At 9/14/2017 05:20:00 AM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

Like me, the Cherokee Native American's came down from the Great Lakes to North Carolina and they settled here and they loved it. North Carolina has the oldest mountains in the world, they found, that make the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Andes seem like teenagers in comparison. They found the central mountain of this world and their Shaman said that as long as that white mountain can be seen in the distance the end of the entire world is not near.

When you get near this central mountain, within twenty miles, the Shaman said to take your moccasins off out of respect. However, there is so much pure quartz in the land by taking off your moccasins, or shoes, you can feel the energy of the earth filling your body with her resonant energy if you are in touch with that side of your soul. Cars pass by this sacred mountain on I-52 all the time and to a person they all look up to it and wonder about it but most just drive on by.

At night strange things happen around there. Maybe you've heard the song written for Fleetwood Mac by Bob Welch called "Hypnotized"? It was written about some of those strange things that happen in the hills and mountains of North Carolina like the Brown Mountain lights that is close by the central mountain?

There are the legends of the "little people" that a newspaper editor from Florida, who is all facts and no bull, stumbled upon when she moved to North Carolina when she retired here. She spoke with the elders of the Cherokee and the builders of schools that found tunnels in the sides of mountains. Walls were put up instead of explored by the geologists of the school being built and what was found was buried deep so very far away from the school. It so no one was the wiser and schedules were kept to build the buildings as is often the case when you find an artifact that is, shall we say, out of place and out of time better left as a mythical oral history.

There are names to be found in what I'm saying here and things to ponder. Most of it comes from the "oral history" of the Cherokee which is a big hint.

Here is one of the stories that you might want to read after listening to the acoustic first side of "Rust Never Sleeps" that was the next phase in Neil's "time travel" saga.

This story is an old story but it hints at an even more ancient story in the mountains of North Carolina that the ancient Leumeria and young warring upstart Atlantis fought over.

http://folkrealmstudies.weebly.com/lost-worlds-the-hidden-cherokees-of-pilot-mountain.html

 
At 9/14/2017 07:45:00 AM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

N.A.S.A. (Never A Straight Answer) just released these images of Saturn that is going to play an important role in life on earth in the coming centuries because of its role in the sun's "Grand Solar Minimum" that we are in the midst of right now. Al Gore keeps saying it is 50 years off so you have time to argue about it for your entire lifetime but suddenly, we find ourselves in the midst of it.

Remember when Prince Charles said in 2009 that we have only 96 months till the tipping point of Climate Warming or how it morphed into Climate Change? Harvey, Irma, Jose...have these types of storms ever been seen in the last 420 years or so?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrGAQCq9BMU

 
At 9/14/2017 09:07:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@ Jim - thanks for covering all of these topics and finding the Neil thread.

Right now w/ release of HitchHiker, it's all time travel all the time.

All of these things -- elders, wanders, gnostics, Cherokees, Guardian Angels -- they all link together under the Big Sun in the Great Sky connected by The Great Spirit.

be well, our friend. we're off to FA17 and will say hi to Willie & the gang!
namaste

 
At 9/18/2017 08:49:00 AM, Blogger James Mckelvey said...

So I remain very curious about the "time travel" period of Neil Young's writing from, say, 1974 to 1979 but some of the songs weren't released until 1985 or so. Have a very strong feeling Dean Stockwell is a big part of the "time travel" picture and his unique interests might have been a sort of guiding light in Neil's life but it is just a feeling I have about that.

I know in my life often times two friends become more than the sum of their parts when they are together, way more!

In "Super Delux" Neil talks about sitting in cars and getting the feelings of that time period from when the car was made. I know in 1979 he was out on the Ragland, or sailing anyway, and couldn't come to "No Nukes" in NYC according to David Crosby. Crosby said to me in S.I.R. in NYC (not the LA one where 'Tonight's The Night' was recorded) the afternoon of the second show that Neil wasn't accepting radio traffic on the boat so they couldn't get hold of him. Crosby was certain had they been able to raise Neil on the radio he would have come to No Nukes. Have to say that the five days of No Nukes shows that I covered for weekly Variety was the best party I've ever been to and not sure I would have survived a sixth night of that, lordy!

Would be very curious where Neil Young went on vacations from 1974 to 1979 or so and also where he went into port sailing on the Ragland.

Neil Young, since he is so in touch with his subconscious anyway, could have used Past Life Regression, life readings or something called Clairsentience (feeling or touching) sitting on a pyramid in Belize or in the Andes. Also, Hawaii is the ancient tip of a large mountain range of Lemuria which used to be as cold as Mt. Everest.

"And I know she's living there, And she loves me to this day. I still can't remember when
or how I lost my way," sounds like the feelings I've had bringing me to tears during past life regression. In my case, I felt like the grandpa of Gladys Turner, Edgar Cayce's secretary, whom I felt I should protect with my life because she was so important to me. It too literally haunts me to this day decades after she has passed on but this spans two lifetimes for me.

These are some of the songs I think of from the "time travel" period that is mentioned in just about every book ever written on Neil Young. Of course the trifecta "Inca Queen," "Cortez The Killer" and "Like An Inca" come right to mind but also "Ride My Llama," "Will To Love," "Danger Bird," "Pocahontas," "Human Highway," "Powderfinger," "Goin' Back," "Comes A Time," "Star of Bethlehem," "Broken Arrow," and maybe even "Round And Round (It Won't Be Long)."

"I can read auras-pale green is trouble, boy. I know a lotta cats with green ones-most of them are dead. And there's one that's more golden, glowing, approaching fulfilled-that has fulfilled other people. Neil has that. Neil's is gold. GOLD," the legendary Townes Van Zandt (R.I.P. my friend) was quoted in "Shakey" talking about Neil Young's aura.

Like all great teachers, Neil Young is pointing toward something hoping that we will all see what he can see. Neil is like a sign post at the fork in the road and is gently pointing toward a better way but is the viewers choice for sure.

That message seems to be best understood in the song, "Already One," in my humble opinion.

 
At 9/18/2017 08:49:00 AM, Blogger James Mckelvey said...

So I remain very curious about the "time travel" period of Neil Young's writing from, say, 1974 to 1979 but some of the songs weren't released until 1985 or so. Have a very strong feeling Dean Stockwell is a big part of the "time travel" picture and his unique interests might have been a sort of guiding light in Neil's life but it is just a feeling I have about that.

I know in my life often times two friends become more than the sum of their parts when they are together, way more!

In "Super Delux" Neil talks about sitting in cars and getting the feelings of that time period from when the car was made. I know in 1979 he was out on the Ragland, or sailing anyway, and couldn't come to "No Nukes" in NYC according to David Crosby. Crosby said to me in S.I.R. in NYC (not the LA one where 'Tonight's The Night' was recorded) the afternoon of the second show that Neil wasn't accepting radio traffic on the boat so they couldn't get hold of him. Crosby was certain had they been able to raise Neil on the radio he would have come to No Nukes. Have to say that the five days of No Nukes shows that I covered for weekly Variety was the best party I've ever been to and not sure I would have survived a sixth night of that, lordy!

Would be very curious where Neil Young went on vacations from 1974 to 1979 or so and also where he went into port sailing on the Ragland.

Neil Young, since he is so in touch with his subconscious anyway, could have used Past Life Regression, life readings or something called Clairsentience (feeling or touching) sitting on a pyramid in Belize or in the Andes. Also, Hawaii is the ancient tip of a large mountain range of Lemuria which used to be as cold as Mt. Everest.

"And I know she's living there, And she loves me to this day. I still can't remember when
or how I lost my way," sounds like the feelings I've had bringing me to tears during past life regression. In my case, I felt like the grandpa of Gladys Turner, Edgar Cayce's secretary, whom I felt I should protect with my life because she was so important to me. It too literally haunts me to this day decades after she has passed on but this spans two lifetimes for me.

These are some of the songs I think of from the "time travel" period that is mentioned in just about every book ever written on Neil Young. Of course the trifecta "Inca Queen," "Cortez The Killer" and "Like An Inca" come right to mind but also "Ride My Llama," "Will To Love," "Danger Bird," "Pocahontas," "Human Highway," "Powderfinger," "Goin' Back," "Comes A Time," "Star of Bethlehem," "Broken Arrow," and maybe even "Round And Round (It Won't Be Long)."

"I can read auras-pale green is trouble, boy. I know a lotta cats with green ones-most of them are dead. And there's one that's more golden, glowing, approaching fulfilled-that has fulfilled other people. Neil has that. Neil's is gold. GOLD," the legendary Townes Van Zandt (R.I.P. my friend) was quoted in "Shakey" talking about Neil Young's aura.

Like all great teachers, Neil Young is pointing toward something hoping that we will all see what he can see. Neil is like a sign post at the fork in the road and is gently pointing toward a better way but is the viewers choice for sure.

That message seems to be best understood in the song, "Already One," in my humble opinion.

 
At 9/21/2017 06:09:00 PM, Blogger Jim McKelvey said...

Soldier Steve came up with a few more "time travel" tunes like "Big Time," "Travel On," "After Berlin," "I'm The Ocean" and "Whiteline" plus I remembered the movie "Made In Heaven" that Neil Young had a small but very effective part in and wrote the main soundtrack theme song, "We Never Danced."

Alan Rudolph, a Robert Altman protege, directed "Made In Heaven" which I really liked as an independent film back in the 1980's. "Made In Heaven" starred Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis. Both Debra Winger and Neil Young had just wonderful small roles in "Made In Heaven." Wonder why it isn't even available to rent on Netflix as it has all the elements of the "time travel" tunes of Neil Young within the screenplay. However, you really have to pay attention to the plot to grasp that "time travel" aspect.

Just as Johnny Depp based his Captain Jack Sparrow character on Keith Richards it seemed like Timothy Hutton based his Elmo Barnett character on Neil Young. Then Neil Young popped up in the movie as a truck driver.

Sort of a mash-up of scenes from "Made In Heaven"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJK0eq21nq4

Neil Young and Crazy Horse "We Never Danced"...sadly, I don't think this song has ever been played live according to Sugar Mountain set lists (kind of the gold standard for set lists of Neil Young).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Kki1Njr3A

 

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