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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Reactions To Hearing Neil Young For The Very 1st Time

Reaction To Hearing Neil Young For The 1st Time

Here's something for the amusement and delight of Neil fans -- the reactions of hearing Neil Young for the very first time.

Most of us remember quite distinctly our experience of hearing Neil Young for the very first time. (Here's ours.)

So here's a few random reactions to hearing Neil Young for the very first time. enjoy


Apparently, this whole genre of hearing classic music for the 1st time is a "thing with the kids". The things you learn never cease to amaze us.

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At 8/23/2020 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

As nice as it is that these young people are getting the opportunity to be exposed to Neil Young, I found it frustrating that they all have such short attention spans. With each video here, none of them were able to listen all the way through the song before making a comment. Unfortunately, this approach completely removes them from experiencing the original emotional impact of the song. They literally rob themselves of the opportunity to fully experience the emotional intention. What a shame. Just my personal observation, although it may be more evidence that I’m growing into the grumpy old man I rebelled against when I was their age.

Peace 🙏

At 8/23/2020 12:04:00 PM, Blogger Paul Dionne said...

@Dan Swan - sure, they are interrupting and commenting during those first listens, but you have no idea what's going to happen after that first listen; they may go back again and again; the Heart Of Gold listen is a beautiful one, by the way paul dionne

At 8/24/2020 02:59:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Dear Thrasher,

First listens to Neil Young. What a fun set of videos to watch. Thank you for that and the ongoing excellent job you do with your site. You are a blessing for all of us Neil Young fanatics.

Alan in Seattle

Sent from my iPhone

At 8/25/2020 04:52:00 AM, Blogger Harm said...

You can have your reservations with regards to the sound quality of YouTube and Spotify, however, it does enable many people (especially young kids) to discover Neil's music. To me that seems like a good thing. I hardly listen to FM radio, but rather play CDs, therefore my children have been exposed to Neil Young (and associated artists) along with artists like Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Bon Iver from a very young age. I got introduced to Neil Young through a cover of Hey Hey, My My by Oasis. My first album was Harvest, and although I wasn't overwhelmed at first, it grew on me and now I consider Neil Young to be my favourite artist (even though I don't really appreciate the output of the last 6-8 years).

At 8/25/2020 06:13:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

I would love to have the reactions of, say, hippies or folkies reacting for the first time to Frank Sinatra or Glenn Miller recorded for posterity in this way. Criticize these kids' interruptions and pithy comments all you want. I just wonder if it was any different for previous generations hearing their parents' and grandparents' music.

Given enough time and distance, most things go out of fashion for a while, only to become cool again at some point.

At any rate, I'm not sure it's an issue of attention span so much as generational angst and rebellion. Plus, the point of a video is ostensibly to capture the participants' reactions and commentary--albeit, maybe not in the middle of the song. A recording of someone sitting like a rock while listening to a piece of music would be boring and pointless, and no doubt these kids are self-conscious to come up with something to say during this contrived, but amusing, experiment.


At 8/26/2020 11:33:00 PM, Blogger acidfrank said...

if you watched a few of the videos you would hear them say that they cannot play the song all the way through without any interruptions. when they try to, they get blocked. so they all stop or talk over the songs. but besides that, stopping and talking about the song is part of a "reaction" in real time. at least that's how i see it.

At 8/27/2020 02:12:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ acidfrank - good point, makes sense.
probably a way to avoid copyright takedown by YT.


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