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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

"Silver and Gold": Neil Young’s Most Precious Treasure | Talkhouse

Author Morgan Enos & "Silver and Gold" by Neil Young

Here's a nice article about how Neil Young’s album "Silver and Gold" (2000) helps a young family forge new traditions.

From Silver and Gold is Neil Young’s Most Precious Treasure | Talkhouse by Morgan Enos:
My wife Brenna and I have been married for a year and a half, and we recently bought a house two hours away from her family and 3,000 miles from mine. While we’re grateful and somewhat dumbstruck to have joined the middle class, we sometimes struggle with a sense of disconnection and dislocation in suburban climes. Which goes doubly right now as the coronavirus pandemic keeps us and so many others inside.

With our loved ones unavailable in person, Brenna and I take connection and grounding wherever we can get it. Every weekend, we do about all we can do to fight the isolation: get in the car, find a secluded back road near some rusted-out barns, and burn some daylight. Nine times out of ten, we reach for a Young album that isn’t mentioned much these days.

Out of all his albums, Young’s homey 2000 album Silver and Gold is a balm for right now.
[emphasis added]

Featuring slide guitarist and pedal steel player Ben Keith, pianist and organist Spooner Oldham, bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, drummers Jim Keltner and Kenny Buttrey, and guest vocalists Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, the album is preoccupied with the passage of time, the importance of family bonds and the eternal nature of true love.
Full article Silver and Gold is Neil Young’s Most Precious Treasure | Talkhouse by Morgan Enos.

Incidentally, we featured another article by Morgan Enos recently How Neil Young's Eccentric Online Home Was Born | Fortune.

Thanks Morgan! Normally we would say keep on isolating in the free world! Except that's really a terrible affirmation since we want everyone free. So we'll just say once again, Keep Calm, No Fear, Shut It Down, and Keep on Rockin'!

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At 4/30/2020 03:43:00 PM, Blogger CK Junior said...

I have always thought that Silver and Gold was quite underrated. The album has a very nice tone and feel to it, and the songs are simply pretty. Razor Love, of course, is a masterpiece. I remember listening to a live version of that song in the late '80's after taping a concert that was playing on the radio in my girlfriend's bedroom. It blew me away then, but the studio version, IMO, is even better. I haven't thought about Silver and Gold for a while, but it does seem like the perfect album to listen to during these times, with family around.

-CK Junior

At 4/30/2020 06:51:00 PM, Blogger mrtew said...

Definitely one of my fav NY albums. It's one of the last ones where he still sang in that low peacefully manly voice before he slipped into that shrill old man falsetto that he's famous for. It sounded great when he was young and was still trying but now that he blasts out albums the faster the better it really makes me appreciate the love and care that went into Silver and Gold and especially the album before that, Broken Arrow. So nice.


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