Wednesday, November 12, 2008

heart of gold

As I get older, I get smaller. I see other parts of the world I didn't see before. Other points of view. I see outside myself more.

It's better to burn out, then to fade away.
neil young (born 12 november 1945)

hey, hey, my, my today is the birthday of one of my all time favorite rockers and singer-songwriters the indefatigable neil young. in my book, if you haven't been to a neil young concert you haven't been to a rock concert! neil's concerts are pretty much like he is - they keep on going and they keep on giving.

musician. activist. filmmaker. citizen of the world.

young's songs have provided the soundtrack for most of my life. this month is the fortieth anniversary of young's first solo album entitled simply neil young. can you believe it. time flies. however, this is one musician who will never rust.

a couple years ago oscar winning director jonathan demme made a documentary on neil entitled neil young: heart of gold. I don't usually go to a movie more than once but I did see this film a couple times on the big screen, and as soon as it was released on dvd I snagged a copy for the home film library. the film features many of my favorite young songs and is particularly poignant considering what was going on in neil's life in the year or two leading up to the film (e.g. death of his beloved father, life threatening brain aneurysm).

mouse query for those readers game to play : what are your favorite neil young songs? inquiring minds love to know!

wiki has a pretty decent bio on young for those interested.

1971 - neil unplugged playing heart of gold

13 comments:

Dumdad said...

Brilliant song, brilliant singer!

R.L. Bourges said...

Gorgeous photo, petite souris.

You're posting my favorite Neil Young already. Close second is this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDL02th72u4

tut-tut said...

40 years!? no way! I love Neil Young, but I haven't been to a concert.

randeep said...

Only one?! Hmmm... Razor Love for long drives through cornfields on a hazy/sunny afternoon. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere for its relevance to CanLit and defining the canon.

Megan said...

I have too many favorites to list!

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Yes to Neil and the example he has set for rockers to age if not with grace at least with wit. I'd put Leonard Cohen up there as well. They stay true to their roots but keep evolving. I wish I could say that always about Joni Mitchell. I still love her, but she got so bitter a few years ago that she turned me off or just depressed me. "Shine" was a great return, filled with some righteous anger but also able to see some joy.

Oh, and how I miss seeing the fall colors that we just don't see here in California. That's the price we pay for a mild winter.

Squirrel said...

saw him solo and with CSN&Y ... long long ago--but saw him again in 2006 in the Catskills. It was almost as fun as Hippiefest! I heard he wrote songs for his first wife and handicapped son, but I don't know the names of the songs.

Fabulous photo by the way...
Demme is my neighbor, a really nice guy.

The Blue Elephant said...

Thanks for this gift of gold

Coffee Messiah said...

Nice.....saw him only once at a Bridge Benefit he always hols on the west coast.

Also saw him once while a bit younger at American Airlines (i was waiting to pick up Stock Quotations to deliver and he was waiting for gear.

I really like the Old Laughing Lady from the 1st solo....

j. said...

I say - keep on rockin' in the free world! (And I mean it!!)

Nan said...

My favorite is Harvest Moon. Never seen him in concert but saw a great documentary years ago on PBS, I think it was.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dd - that he is!!

rlb - the link you posted took me to the song 'a horse with no name' which is actually not a neil young song, but a song often mistaken as being one of his songs. the song is by the group america (who I have also seen in concert - way back when) ironically when this song came out it bumped neil young's song 'heart of gold' out of being #1 on the u.s. charts....

tut - he still tours. try to get in a show! last time we saw him was at blossom here in the cleveland area - was a great venue.

randeep - I probably have a dozen favorite neil young songs....

megan - I know the query was cruel.

junk - yep, shine SHINED!!! I wonder had I been born born in canada if I'd be more musical - only thing I can play is the stereo ...

squirrel - neil writes lots of highly personal songs. his first marriage to susan acevedo didn't last very long - two years. I don't know if he wrote about her. but he did write about his girlfriend carrie snodgrass in the song 'a man needs a maid' - there's a line that goes "I fell in love with an actress" he married his second wife pegi in 1977, but I think they were together for years before they married- neil has two sons with cerebral palsy - you probably know he's really active with this cause (among many others) -

hey, maybe next time I'm visiting I'll run into demme - I'd like to tell him I enjoy his movies!!

blue - you are welcome!!

coffee - excellent choice I too love old laughing lady!!

j - rock on!!!

nan -another excellent choice!! I always love hearing what he has to say!

ah so so many brilliant songs!!

WAT said...

Neil Young is quite simply, a living legend with one of the most haunting original voices ever. Can send shivers down the spine really, kind of what listening to Lennon does to me.