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Sunday, January 06, 2019

Neil Young's Official Statement on Pegi Young: 1952 - 2019 + An Appreciation

Neil Young has published an official statement on Pegi Young on NYA.

The message contain the lyrics to his song "Such A Woman" -- written for his wife Pegi -- from the 1992 album "Harvest Moon".

There has been a tremendous outpouring of grief and love over the news of the relatively sudden death of Pegi at age 66 on New Year's Day. Messages and comments began to flood here into Thrasher's Wheat immediately as the news began to spread among friends and fans who shared their heartfelt thoughts on the shock and memories.

Neil, Pegi, Ben & Amber Young
Willie Nelson's ranch, 1984
Photo by Joel Bernstein

Pegi will be missed by so many who knew of her as a tireless advocate for special needs kids.

As a co-founder of the Bridge School in Mountain View, California, Pegi Young's vision changed the lives of children worldwide. In a statement, Bridge School said: "We will do our best to continue her mission. Please keep us and her family in your thoughts and prayers as we keep the dream alive."

Neil & Pegi say "Good Night. Thanks for coming. We love you all."
2015 Bridge School Benefit Concerts 

The Bridge concerts will be Pegi's enduring legacy as the Bridge School and the annual Benefit Concerts brought so much joy to so many children, their parents and teachers.

Pegi Young: 1952 - 2019

Because -- as everyone knows -- the annual pilgrimage to the Bridge School Benefit Concerts was a life altering and transcendental experience.

Welcome to the 2010 Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert by Bridge Kids
The Bridge School
In memory of Pegi and her work, we here at Thrasher's Wheat have made a contribution to the The Bridge School to help further their mission of improving the lives of young people who need "support in finding a voice of their own." That comes through the use of alternative communications, including pictures, gestures and pointing, or computer technology, for young people without ordinary speech or an ability to write and press computer keys.

 Bridge Kids
So consider donating to The Bridge School in Pegi's memory, as "your charitable donation makes a significant difference in the level of support we are able to provide to children and their families locally, nationally and globally," the school states on its website.
Teaching Bridge Kids
In addition to Pegi's Bridge School work, she was also a good friend to Farm Aid: "an inspiring, talented artist and an incredibly kind, considerate human."

Pegi Young & The Survivors w/ Special Guest 
Farm Aid 2012 Concert - Hershey, PA 
Photo by thrashette
Pegi Young: "I came into the game late in life, according to some rulebook.
I’ve been able to continue recording, and I’m quite pleased that I’ve been able to carve out this time in my life to do this. When I went into the studio to make my first solo record [Pegi Young, 2007], I’d been doing backgrounds and some professional stuff with Neil. But I was very shy and not at all self-confident about my ability to carve out a career for myself. Even in the later years, when people asked why I didn’t do this earlier, I didn’t know how, first of all, but I did not have the confidence.
I was terribly shy and I still am, but when I get onstage I let my other side come out."
(INTERVIEW - Pegi Young: Charitable Work and Songwriting Help the Healing Process | Guitar Girl Magazine )

Neil and Pegi Young
“Be authentic, be true, sing what’s in your heart. It’s not about making it perfect, it’s about letting it be real, sometimes raw and flawed, as long as it’s true.” 
~~ Pegi Young, 2016

Pegi Young 
Bridge Parents Present Roses for Pegi's 25 Years of Support @ 
Bridge School Benefit Concert 2011 
Photo Gallery by By Jay Blakesberg Photography
Neil & Pegi Young 
  Bridge School Benefit Concert, Oct. 23, 2011 
Photo by Jill "Sweet Sweet Smile" Gottlieb-Seagraves
Neil Young, Ben Keith, & Pegi Young 
Ben Keith's Birthday - March 6, 2010 
Photo by Ernie Hernandez Jr
Rusties After The Show - 2015

Photo by Hounds That Howell - TW Tour Manager

Those standing ovations at the end of each night's Bridge School Benefit Concert we'll always remember. You have been a tireless advocate for kids with special needs. We saw and felt the love at the Bridge concerts we attended over the decades and feel very blessed to have been part of those special moments with you and the large extended Young Family.

And now she Sleeps with Angels -- Ben "Long Grain", L.A., & Rick.

Peace & love forever,

w/ Pegi on April 7, 2012 
The Hamilton, Washington, D.C.

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At 1/07/2019 10:58:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Such a woman. To do all she did must have been such a fulfilling life. Personally having a brother with special needs and working with special needs children for 30 years I know it take someone extra ordinary. So long Pegi. Thanks also for all the great songs you inspired buy such an incredible artist.

At 1/07/2019 11:05:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

For Pegi,Neil and family: Do not grieve forme, for now I am free. I am following the path God has chososen for me. I took His hand when I heard Him call, I turned my back and left itall. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I have now found peace at the end of day. If my parting has left a void,then fill it with remembered joys. A friendshipshared,a laugh, a kiss, oh yes these things I too will miss. Be not burned with times of sorrow, Look for the sunshine of tomorow. My life has been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seems all too brief, do not lengthen your pain with undue grief. Lift up your heart and peace to thee, God wanted me now, He set me free. God bless you Neil and your boys. Sincerely yours, Jimmy Pierce, minstrel 1969 @ gmail .com. Kingsland, Texas, 3462476087.

At 1/07/2019 11:06:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

It came as a shock to many of us,when we heard Pegi died on the first day of this year.The reaction of Neil was very warm,heartfelt,genuine and he didn't want to be the one in the spotlight,but Pegi,their children and those who cared and loved her.She was the love of his life and he was hers.Never understood why they broke up.I guess we nevr will.See you in the next world,Pegi and I bet it'll be heaven...Cees Mostert.

At 1/07/2019 06:28:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Again, thanks to all who shared their heartfelt thoughts on Pegi and her legacy.

Needless to say, we're just shattered here @ TW and donating to The Bridge School does help in small way to relieve the grief.

As we suggest, consider donating to The Bridge School in Pegi's memory, as "your charitable donation makes a significant difference in the level of support we are able to provide to children and their families locally, nationally and globally," the school states on its website.

It really is all about The Kids.


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