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Thursday, November 16, 2023

REACTION & ANALYSIS: Neil Young's "Old Man" by Vocal Coach / Opera Singer Elizabeth Zharoff

 Neil Young's "Old Man" 
Reaction by Elizabeth Zharoff


Here's one of those "Reaction" videos that seems to be a "Trend" on Youtube these days.

Elizabeth Zharoff is a trained opera singer with extensive academic knowledge of how the human voice works. Really great breakdown of what makes his Neil Young's voice so unique.(Thanks Nimrod!)

If you haven't checked out these types of reaction videos before, they're pretty cool to watch just for the physical reactions themselves.


While you've seen this BBC video a thousand times, the first timer reactions bring a fresh perspective.

More on  "Reaction" videos @ First Listen Reaction: "Danger Bird" by NEIL YOUNG and CRAZY HORSE | PERK'S reCAP.

First Listen Reaction: 
"Danger Bird" by NEIL YOUNG and CRAZY HORSE | PERK'S reCAP

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At 11/16/2023 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Be The Rain said...

Yeah.. have seen a few of these various "reaction" videos on Youtube for various recording artist's songs. Seems to be nothing more than clickbait. Total nonsense.

At 11/16/2023 12:12:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks for feedback BTR.

Somedays TW isn't for everyone. So what would you suggest instead after 25+ years?

We've covered almost every released & unreleased Neil song. Covered all the tours, interviews, photos, reviews, videos

Not too much happening w/ tours over past 4 years.

TW is always open to submissions. witness the recent exclusive stealth gig report that got picked up by mainstream music press.

suggest something. submit something. do something. take action.

At 11/16/2023 01:28:00 PM, Blogger tomatron said...

What do y’all think about the 1975 recording of Country Home? Neil says “in ways (it’s) a superior performance to the Ragged Glory version.” For now the song can be found as a video file on the NYA Sights & Sounds page. Look up the setlist and tell me it wouldn’t make for an awesome Official Bootleg Release!

At 11/16/2023 02:02:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Tomatron. That's the rustie spirit.

yes, it would make an awesome OBR. Certainly others will chime in. maybe we'll end up w/ a CotM.?!

At 11/16/2023 11:07:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

I prefer Country Home 1990 to 1976 version. I like the singing matching the guitar note more.

I did enjoy watching the “1st listen” videos. Old Man vid made me cry. To see her eyes when it began to really move her was definitely worth the “click.”

Thrasher, you are doing a great job at keeping it fresh!

Readers, please submit your writing / ideas / friendly suggestions to Thrasher so he can get it to us! Be the writer!

And / or, send TW some funding. Bandwidth ain’t free. Sponsored by nobody! Endorsed by Neil Young. See right side of home page.

Your brother Alan I. Seattle

At 11/17/2023 10:16:00 AM, Blogger tomatron said...

Let me be clear; the 1990 version of Country Home beats all. According to, they didn’t play it after ‘76 until it was resurrected for the Ragged Glory sessions. I’m sure Neil has his unique reasons for comparing the early version so favorably. He seems to be leaning even harder into the “first is best” ethos with every passing year.

More interesting to me than putting the album version against the 1975 performance (not ‘76, the song had already evolved by the time they took it to Europe) is the setlist as a whole, which boasts some killer NYCH tunes interspersed with Crazy Horse tracks from the Crazy Moon record that would come out a few years later. Hopefully they do locate a higher quality source because I feel like a bunch of us would rock the hell out of that one as an OBR!

At 11/17/2023 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

I find it really interesting to see a classically trained musician respond to such a heart wrenching song. This is far from nonsense.

At 11/17/2023 04:08:00 PM, Blogger Nimrod said...

Thanks for posting this, Thasher!
Sad to see some don't appreciate what these videos can offer. True, many reaction channels are low effort click bait, but some are very genuine.

A fresh set of ears can introduce new perspectives.

At 11/18/2023 07:02:00 AM, Blogger Ron said...

Late to this but found it a very interesting watch. Her analysis of the way he sings was enlightening for me. It made me think more about what it is that makes me like so much of Neil's music.

I watched the Dangerbird video too and also enjoyed it as a bit of fun, but this one had much more depth to it. Any excuse to listen to Dangerbird again is good though! Something quite unique about it I think...


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