Neil Young's new release ""World Record" w/ Crazy Horse is now available for pre-order. Order here
(Please shop locally & independently. But if you can't, we appreciate your supporting Thrasher's Wheat by clicking this link or YOUR COUNTRY's FLAG. Thank you!!!)
<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Friday, September 13, 2019

Harvest Moon Gathering: Benefit for The Painted Turtle & The Bridge School - September 14, 2019


"I Am A Child" by Neil Young
2019-09-14 - Painted Turtle Camp, Lake Hughes, California, USA

via rjrjr8

Setlist via Sugar Mountain
Neil Young
Painted Turtle Camp, Lake Hughes, California, USA
Harvest Moon - A Gathering

1. Sugar Mountain (acoustic guitar)
2. I Am A Child (acoustic guitar)
3. Comes A Time (acoustic guitar)
4. Heart Of Gold (acoustic guitar)
5. Old Man (acoustic guitar)
6. Rainbow Of Colors (acoustic guitar)
7. I Do (acoustic guitar)
8. Eternity (piano)
9. Green Is Blue (piano)
10. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (acoustic guitar)
11. Tell Me Why (acoustic guitar)
12. War Of Man (acoustic guitar)
13. New Mama (acoustic guitar) (first time played since Aug 12, 1977)
14. Harvest Moon (acoustic guitar; accompanied by Norah Jones and her band)
15. The Losing End (acoustic guitar; accompanied by Norah Jones)

Neil Young - Bridge School and Painted Turtle Benefit - FULL SHOW 09-14-19

"Harvest Moon" by Neil Young w/ Norah Jones and her band, & Father John Misty
2019-09-14 - Painted Turtle Camp, Lake Hughes, California, USA

via rjrjr8

Also, see comments below for more concert updates.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 14, a special benefit concert will happen under a full Harvest Moon, the Harvest Moon Gathering: Benefit for The Painted Turtle & The Bridge School.

Father John Misty, Norah Jones, and Neil Young

Father John Misty, Norah Jones, and Neil Young will perform at the Harvest Moon Gathering benefit concert.

And in other Harvest Moon news, today is Friday The 13th/#FridayThe13th. For the first time since 2000, a full moon falls on Friday The 13th and the next full moon to land on Friday The 13th won't happen until 2049. Only about 1% of full moons fall on a Friday the 13th. This one is even rarer occurring near apogee, the furthest point in the Moon's orbit. This last happened in 1832 and won't happen again for more than 500 years. So enjoy the night!

Neil Young's 1992 "Harvest Moon" is the followup to his most commercially successful album "Harvest" - 20 years later.

"Harvest Moon" was recorded with many of the same original musicians who appeared on "Harvest", such as Ben Keith, on pedal steel guitar, and Linda Rondstadt and James Taylor on backing vocals. The intentional sequel nature of "Harvest Moon" created high expectations which for the most part were fulfilled. The album was accompanied with music videos and extensive interviews. All indicators of both the record label Reprise's support and even the normally reticent Young himself.

On a Canadian radio interview, Young denied that 'Harvest Moon' was a sequel to 'Harvest':
    "The whole idea of following up the 'Harvest' album is something that's contrived more from the standpoint of record companies, and mostly questions. You know, people see the correlation between the two, and it's kind of a plus to be able to refer back 20 years and see the same people and do that. But the thrust of the albums is different, even though the subject matter is similar, so I tend to shy away more from comparisons between them - they're reference points for one another. I mean, people who have never heard of 'Harvest' may really like Harvest Moon and may end up referring back to 'Harvest' because of all this conversation about how the two of them go together..."

So why is a Harvest Moon so special to Neil Young fans?

Many may recall back in 2008, when Steve and his girlfriend Danielle made a request for "Harvest Moon" to played when Neil Young visited Brisbane, Australia. And by some extremely wonderfully little miracle, Neil Young actually did perform "Harvest Moon" that night and it brought a tear of joy for many around the world.

Then in 2009, Gavin in Ireland Requested "Harvest Moon" in memory of his father. Wish granted. And shortly thereafter, another Wish for "Harvest Moon" was Granted to Liza in Germany.

So we here at Thrasher's Wheat hold the song and this night very dearly. 3 fans that we've never met, on 3 continents touched by Harvest Moon magic. We know that some of you may not understand.

But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night.

Some instructions for best viewing: "Keep an eye on the Moon as it creeps above the eastern skyline. The golden orb may appear strangely inflated. This is the Moon illusion at work. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, a low-hanging Moon appears much wider than it really is. A Harvest Moon inflated by the moon illusion is simply gorgeous."

Reviews of Neil Young's Harvest Moon.

Also, see:

Moons and Neil Young Songs by Anne - Lady of Northern Moons

Review: Neil Young's Dreamin' Man - A live "Harvest Moon" album.

"Harvest Moon" - Neil Young, MTV Unplugged - 1993

From a Harvest Moon review in FUNHOUSE!:

    "Harvest Moon is the quintessential down-home-mom's-apple-pie American folk album. It's one of the few Neil Young albums that you can share with the one you love, along with a bottle of something nice, without having to apologetically hit the fast forward button or move the tracking arm forward.

But not all fans agreee that "Harvest Moon" is one of Neil's finest albums. Dave Sigler writes in a Harvest Moon album review :

    "In my opinion, there is not a single cut on 'Harvest Moon' that does not sound better in its 'original state: solo acoustic. Neil has always said he prefers simplicity. Always the advocate of live recording whether it be in the studio or the concert hall, Neil has always been able to capture the essence of his music at its most spontaneous. There is nothing on 'Harvest Moon' that strikes me as spontaneous...or even close. It is the kind of slick, overly produced product that record companies dream about. Reprise must certainly be happy with it. With its heavy country sound, 'Harvest Moon' arrives just in time to (hopefully) capture a share of the market in the current country/western music fad/phase we seem to be in the midst of. "

From a Jack Feeny review:

    "'Harvest Moon' is often regarded as the follow-up to 'Harvest' but I hardly think it is a clear-cut affair. It is less ambitious in its scope (after Young's genre confusion in the eighties) but its modesty is also the key to its success. I guess the fact that the Stray Gators return to the fore echoes 'Harvest' but the arrangements on here are mainly acoustic based and only at times sound like his unfairly critically savaged watershed release. 'Comes a Time' is a more accurate comparison, if you ask me, although the musical themes on this album are more varied. The songwriting is certainly as strong as Comes a Time although not every song is a veritable masterpiece."

From a review on Nude as the News by Ben French:

    "The 'simple man' image of Harvest Moon may become a tad overplayed at times -- especially on songs like 'Dreamin' Man' and 'One Of These Days' -- but it never seems to become overbearing. Neil Young often misrepresents himself as a plain man, but this album proves his more simple approaches to songwriting can often yield his most perfectly enjoyable results."

From a review onQ Music Magazine by Mark Cooper:

    "Simplicity has always been one of Young's greatest strengths and weaknesses, so while he occasionally merely re-creates the moon-eyed dreamer of yore, he has surrounded his meditations in some of his simplest, most gorgeous melodies in years. This is Young taking stock, recalling old friends in One Of These Days, paying tribute to a departed hound in Old King and apparently re-evaluating his marriage in a succession of heartwarming, sometimes troubled love songs.

    Best of all are the opening Unknown Legend and the title track, tender shuffles with celebratory choruses that rekindle old flames while acknowledging the passing of time. Nostalgia is often the last resort of scoundrels but Harvest Moon is ultimately not content to be Harvest 2, even as it re-affirms and re-examines Young the naif romantic, still dreaming after all these years."

From on comparing "Harvest Moon" and "Harvest":

    "Harvest Moon, on the other hand, is a chronicle of survival, focusing on loss and compromise and the ultimate triumphs of being a married father approaching fifty. It's full of bittersweet tributes to lost friends, dead hounds and love grown old. 'What this album is about is this feeling, this ability to survive and continue and grow and get higher than you were before,' says Young. 'Not just maintain, not just feel well. Not just 'I'm still alive at forty-five.' You can be more alive.'"

Harvesting wheat crop under a harvest moon near Cremona, Alta., Canada
Photo by Jeff McIntosh

Also, here's a collection of album reviews and commentary of Neil Young's Harvest Moon.

Track list, MP3 samples, and more details @ Neil Young's Harvest Moon.

Labels: , , , , , , ,


At 9/13/2019 05:30:00 PM, Blogger Joel_Grant said...

I admit to not being consistently thrilled with much of Neil's relatively recent output but he has written quite a number of brilliant songs and 'Harvest Moon' is certainly among them. And this performance is impeccable.

A question: does anyone know the point of the guy with the broom? Perhaps the context was set up earlier in the show?

At 9/14/2019 01:29:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I love the soft Neil-songs.It gives an easy feeling.I like that a lot.Yesterday at the birthday of my brother-in-law Peter,we stood outside talking while we're saying goodbye and I happen to see the full moon.Always a pretty sight.Cees Mostert,the Netherlands.

At 9/14/2019 06:24:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I lost the love of my life Danny Ray Parker he played neil young song the whole 16 yrs of being together Harvest Moon fits our love perfectly he passed sept 5 2019 i suppose he listened in heaven cause i have not stopped playing it thank you Neil for your awesome music and poetry fan forever RIP Danny Ray i cant wait to dance with you again under The Harvest Moon

At 9/14/2019 06:26:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Plus Danny was an American Indian i love him so much

At 9/14/2019 06:28:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

He was 58 and died of harding of the artery Mitchell IL

At 9/14/2019 10:23:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Joel - the guy with the broom? thought maybe someone would've answered by now.

will come back later here if no one steps up.

@ Cees - it is amazing in a way how all over the world folks looked up last night and saw the same full moon while listening to the same song.

it's all one moon...

@ Mitchell - so sorry on your loss. Danny sounds like a pure soul.

Certainly tonight there will be mourning for Pegi & Elliot. long may they run.

may peace be with you and his memory.

ps - pls send updates from concert tonight.

At 9/14/2019 10:08:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Setlist via E2F: 1) Sugar Mtn 2) I Am A Child -called this event " the painted bridge" 3) CAT 4) HOG 5) Old Man 6) Rainbow of Colors 7) you ask all the same questions I do 8) House of Love click clack clickety clack 9) Green is Blue 10) OLCBYH 11) Tell Me Why 12) War of Man 13) New Mama 14) HM (everyone) -- sorry not sure of songs 7 &8 title
Encore 15) The Losing End

At 9/14/2019 10:40:00 PM, Blogger Tamara in Montana said...

Some color commentary: Neil was in all white, sneakers, trousers, shirts. White Tee that said “preserve”. Never seen him all in white. Totally chill and lovely set. Great setting, not overcrowded. Nice nice evening.

At 9/14/2019 11:15:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

Let me translate. Must have been early set. its only now 8:15

t show
2019-09-14, Painted Turtle Camp, Lake Hughes, California, USA
Harvest Moon - A Gathering
1. Sugar Mountain
2. I Am A Child
3. Comes A Time
4. Heart Of Gold
5. Old Man
6. Rainbow Of Colors
7. I Believe In You
8. Eternity
9. Green Is Blue
10. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
11. Tell Me Why
12. War Of Man
13. New Mama
14. Harvest Moon (accompanied by Norah Jones and her band)
15. The Losing End (accompanied by Norah Jones)

At 9/15/2019 12:55:00 AM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Wow, first New Mama since 1977, when he played it with Crosby and Nash in Santa Cruz. I always thought New Mama had been played in the years since then, but apparently not.

At 9/15/2019 03:01:00 AM, Blogger Roberto said...

Will the movie of this Evening be' delivered on Movie Night?
Damn..New Mama!!!!

At 9/15/2019 11:20:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Tamara in Montana - great you guys made the concert. thanks for sharing some colors of the rainbow.

post updated above now w/ photos, video, setlist, etc

Thanks to all for contributions and crowdsourcing the wheat!

At 9/15/2019 11:37:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

For those who attended, any tributes to Pegi & Elliot? maybe their spirits were in the air?

we caught some reference to neil saying "wait until this hits the blogosphere" but didn't quite catch the context?

At 9/15/2019 12:53:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

At 9/15/2019 01:06:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

all white after Labor Day. John Waters is shaking his penciled mustache.

At 9/15/2019 02:21:00 PM, Blogger GDTRFB71 said...

Full video here

At 9/15/2019 02:29:00 PM, Blogger GDTRFB71 said...

At 9/15/2019 03:43:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Excellent performance throughout. Relaxed, in the zone, and perfectly imperfect as only Neil can do. I did see a professional cameraman in the video above, so I'm hoping this will be released commercially and all proceeds going to both schools. What an intimate show and venue, it really brought out the best in Neil.


At 9/15/2019 03:53:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

it never showed Jones. a pole was there. Contract? lol Losing End. Top 10 of his tunes. I wish he could pen a song that good now.

At 9/15/2019 09:55:00 PM, Blogger Joel_Grant said...

@Thrasher - So what about that guy with the broom in the video?

At 9/15/2019 11:50:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

What about the broom? Tim Drummond did it as a sound effect on the original recording, Larry Cragg usually reprised the role onstage.

At 9/16/2019 07:56:00 AM, Blogger Flyingscotzman said...

Great to hear War Of Man back on the setlist recently.


At 9/16/2019 12:58:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

via email

Dear Thrasher,

Thanks so much for the video link to the benefit show! I thought he sounded very good solo. I felt the new songs were better solo than with Crazy Horse (as heard on NYA). Thanks for doing what you do. I appreciate it very much!

Alan in Seattle


Post a Comment

<< Home

<-Older Posts Blog Home Newer Posts->

Willie for a Nobel!

Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize
for Farm Aid and his work on
alternative fuels, and world peace initiatives.

Farm Aid

Go Farmers Markets!

"In the >field< of opportunity
It's plowin' time again."

Silverline Communications

(Home of the FarmAidians)
Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada
(519) 737-7979

This blog supports free speech!

Demand justice for Aaron:
Support "Aaron's Law" and inquiry into his prosecution

(... he didn't kill himself either...) #AaronDidntKillHimself

Induct Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Please Help Support Independent Media &
Non-Corporate Advertising
This Blog's For You!

The Hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media

It's Been Called The
"Missing Link" in the Ditch Trilogy


Sign the Release "Time Fades Away" Petition
Join The 10,000+ Who Have Already Signed


Neil Young Appreciation Society

Sugar Mountain

Neil Young Setlists
Rust Radio


Bands Covering Neil Young songs


Official Neil Young News Site

The Bridge School

The Bridge School Concerts
25th Anniversary Edition

**100% of Proceeds to Benefit Bridge School***

The Essential Neil Young

Fans Favorite Neil Albums

Top 50 MP3
Neil Young Song Downloads

Top 10 Best Selling Neil Albums Today
Support Thrasher's Wheat
via Purchases from:
United States - us.gif
Canada - canada.gif
United Kingdom - gb.gif
Germany - de.gif

Neil Young Songbook Project

In the fields of wheat

"Children of Destiny" will NOT be harvested
However, the chaff will be burned by unquenchable fire

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

Europe 2016 Tour Dates

2015 Rebel Content Tour

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Alchemy Concert Tour Reviews

Fall 2012 N. America Tour
Spring 2013 Australia/New Zealand Tour
Summer 2013 Europe Tour

Europe Summer 2014 Concert Tour
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Thrasher's Wheat Radio Supporters Go To Europe

Neil Young Films

2010 MusiCares Honors Neil Young

Features Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Ben Harper, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Keith Urban, and others.
Proceeds from sales go to MusiCares,
which helps musicians in need of
financial and medical assistance.


"There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye"



Neil Young FAQ:
Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker
"an indispensable reference"

Paul McCartney and Neil Young


"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

John Lennon and Neil Young

"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
The Supergroup of the 20th Century

Director Jonathan Demme's Exquisite film "Heart of Gold"

eddie & neil
Eddie Vedder and Neil Young

Revisiting The Significance of
The Buffalo Springfield

"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
tweeted, shared and liked
The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media

Turn Off Your TV & Have A Life

"Everything Is Bullshit" +
"Turn Off The News"
Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)

Neil Young 2016 Year in Review:
The Year of The Wheat

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain and Neil Young

Neil Young's Feedback:
An Acquired Taste?

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years
by Rustie Sharry "Keepin' Jive Alive in T.O." Wilson

"the definitive source of Neil Young's formative childhood years in Canada"

neil & joni
Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

europe 1987.jpg

Bob and Neil

So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
kent state
So What Really Happened at Kent State?

The Four Dead in Ohio

May The FOUR Be With You #MayThe4thBeWithYou


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power!
When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power,
The World Listens

Emmylou Harris and Neil Young

Wilco and Neil Young


Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young


Elton John and Neil Young

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young


The Meaning of "Sweet Home Alabama" Lyrics

Neil Young Nation -
"The definitive Neil Young fan book"

What does the song mean?

Random Neil Young Link of the Moment

Bonnie Raitt and Neil Young

I'm Proud to Be A Union Man


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up

Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"
Full Disclousre Now

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

John Mellencamp:
Why Willie Deserves a Nobel



Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"

We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
... and symbolism will be their downfall...

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

"Children of Destiny" - THE Part of THE Solution

(Frame from Official Music Video)

war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
Peace, Love, & Understanding & Music?


Show Me A Sign

"Who is John Galt?"
To ask the question is to know the answer

"Whosoever shall give up his liberty for a temporary security
deserves neither liberty nor safety."

~~ Benjamin Franklin


(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul

the zen of neil
the power of rust
the karma of the wheat