Above is Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The 2,000 Mark" from Sunday and Sunday also saw Kat's "Kat's Korner: Heart Walkin' Good" go up.
I think most of us know who Neil Young is.
The singer-songwriter is famous for many things. For me, his finest song is "Helpless." I can hear that over and over and over. I love his version best -- but if there's ever been a bad version of the song, I've missed it. Even Patti Smith (not a 'singer' by most calls) managed to do a good job with that song.
My favorite album he did was Living With War. You can read Kat's review here. And she picked it as one of the year's best for 2006.
On yesterday's Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed Neil. Listen or read the transcript at the link. My favorite part of the interview was probably this:
GROSS: If you're just joining us, my guest is Neil Young, and he has a new memoir, and it's called "Waging Heavy Peace," and there's also a new Crazy Horse album out, as well. So you moved to California, you met up there with Stephen Stills, who you had met previously in Canada when you were on tour, and you performed with him in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
And you were writing during that period, well at least during the Buffalo Springfield period, that it was still hard for you to sing. You would often overdub your voice because you just weren't comfortable singing, you know, in real time.
YOUNG: Well, everybody overdubbed at that time. You know, that's what was happening; except before that time, everybody used to sing live. So we were just entering the multi-track recording phase when people started singing and overdubbing their voices. So the fact that I was overdubbing wasn't really that different from everybody else. Everybody else in the band was overdubbing, too.
The thing that was different was, you know, I still had my voice, and it was a different voice. So no matter where I went, people, you know, they hadn't gotten used to me. So they were wondering what to do with me. And I kept singing and doing what I did. And I was pretty nervous, you know, about singing anyway.
And I had a lot of pitch problems and everything at that point that I still have, but it did - it bothered me more then. So, you know, it was just a nervous time, but they eventually gave me a bunch of amphetamines by the - I was singing for hours and hours after that.
GROSS: Well, in particular a song that you mentioned where they gave you amphetamines was "Burned," which is one of your songs, and it's a song about - or inspired by a epileptic seizure. It just struck me as kind of odd, you know, that this is a song about an epileptic seizure, and they're giving you amphetamines so that you can sing it more comfortably.
YOUNG: Yeah, well, maybe they didn't know what the song was about, or at least, you know, I don't know. I can't figure out what was going on back then, but I do know that the track is pretty out of tune. So, I mean, you know, not just my singing, but I think probably the guitar playing and everything. So - but that's just, you know, where we were at at the time.
I wrote about the interview last night.
It didn't post. Maybe I didn't hit "Publish"? I was tired. I may have just turned off the computer and went to sleep. But I had a whole long thing about how Neil's writing is so him that you know it's him and used Sunday's night's Revenge as an example because all the sudden a woman came on singing:
And right away I knew it was Neil Young. It was Cat Power singing, but right away I knew it was Neil. ("Hey, Hey, My, My" which includes "rock and roll will never die").
Again, sorry about last night don't know what happened. I wrote it, I just didn't hit publish, I guess.
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