My adventure…remembering and rambling… in 1972, 8th grade, small school, small town, riding the bus home and “Heart Of Gold” comes on the AM, a new hit by Neil Young. Guitar, Harmonica, cool vocals, how does he do that? Local music store, save money for Epiphone ‘OOO’ sized acoustic guitar and a Mel Bay chord chart starter book. Local record store, find 45 of HOG w/Sugar Mountain on the B-side, let’s learn how! Harmonica will have to wait a bit, no $7.50 for that in savings (Red Duck clay bank with silver dollars in it), and what is a “key”? Time passes, meet a friend at summer dwelling(s) who knows how to play a bunch of James Taylor stuff, he’s teaches shortcuts and technique.
Enough about the instruments and whatnot.
What else does this Neil Young guy play on? Trace back to the Self Titled LP, and find it to be OK, then After The Gold Rush, wow, head trip on some songs, but Tell Me Why is ‘learnable’, so let’s go there…but wait, “Buffalo Springfield”? So we go there, and get closer to the beginning, the roots…WOW. Great stuff.
Fast forward to October 23rd, 2010, Shoreline Amphitheater, Bridge School Benefit Concert, first public appearance of Richie Furay, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, together, since May 5th, 1968. This oughta be fun.
We’ll miss Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin.
Special thanks to Richie Furay for his accessibility via his website forum, Tweets and Facebook posts.
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UPDATE**From Thrasher’s Wheat, a great read about the band: