Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Song in My Head

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Tonight the song in my head is:

My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
by Neil Young
from his "Live Rust" album

I recently told a friend how this song and this album changed my life. From the first time I listened to it, I realized that I could probably play guitar like Neil Young. It was a revelation that set me on a musical journey.

I was a junior in high school and was assigned to review "Live Rust" for our student newspaper The Original. I can still feel the heft of the double album (kids, ask your parents what an LP record is/was). And I can still see the cover art--photos of the stage set from the live shows of Neil Young and Crazy Horse--giant oversized amps dwarfing the tiny robed gnomes which were the band on stage. It was mesmerizing. And the live acoustic sides sent me reeling into the world of guitar worship, wondering whether or not it actually IS better to burn out than to fade away. Still not sure on that score...

Music never fails me. It's always there to make me feel better or to help me work through the worst of times, to celebrate the happiest of moments. It's definitely played a major role in making me the person I am here, at 44, staring one way, then another, down life's crossroads. Still, Mr. Young said it best....and his words are a comfort.

Out of the blue and into the black
they give you this but you pay for that
and once you're gone you can't come back
when you're out of the blue and into the black


On May 11, 2006 at 6:53 AM MojoMan said...

Have you heard Neil Young's new album? How does it stack up?

On May 11, 2006 at 7:46 AM Bill of the Birds said...

"Prairie Wind" is great, in the same vein as "Harvest." My fave song on it is "It's a Dream" It's an album definitely worth owning.

On May 11, 2006 at 8:00 AM Anonymous said...

The king is gone
but he's not forgotten
This is the story
of Johnny Rotten

On May 11, 2006 at 8:51 AM Rondeau Ric said...

Neils Canadian, eh?

A small child came in the ofice singing"The farmer in the dell"

On May 11, 2006 at 9:10 AM Face said...

I just hope you can sing better than Neil :).

Hey Hey - My My

A little older than you - been a fan since CSN&Y...

On May 12, 2006 at 9:10 AM SylvanB said...

OK, now that's the song in my head too. Thanks a bunch :-

If you don't already know Terry Pratchett's Diskworld books, it's time you did. "Soul Music" is all about why Music With Rocks In will never die, and it's obvious to me that Neil Young was in Terry's head the whole time he was writing it.

Lapsed birder and Mom of Margaret Lazer