3/9/17: Neil Young “Hey, Hey, My, My”

There’s a certain Neil Young guitar riff in my head today, and while I often hear Neil’s fuzz guitar, today I’m playing his acoustic version of the song.

But first, a little about Neil Young. He’s Canadian, and started his musical career in a way that isn’t widely known. His first band was an instrumental group, called “Shadows.” Later, Neil played with Rick James and got his freak on for a brief time. It’s when Young moved down to LA when things really began to happen for him. He was one of the founders of supergroup “Buffalo Springfield,” for what it’s worth, and later joined Crosby, Stills and Nash, adding the “Y” to “C, S & N.”

Neil Young has had an exemplary solo career, and he’s made some great music with Crazy Horse (I love “Cinnamon Girl”). He’s an often underrated guitar player in addition to his being a wonderfully talented, and often deeply personal, songwriter.

Neil is known as a guy with some strong beliefs about social justice issues, and he’s never one to hesitate to let his beliefs be known. He’s the closest thing to Willie Nelson when it comes to raising money for various causes with live shows, and at 71 years of age, he can be a little on the cantankerous side. Not that he hasn’t always been that way, of course. Young is clearly a man who treasures his own life and the lives of others, and wants to protect things that need protecting. The “Music in My Head” today is “Hey, Hey, My, My.” Remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away. Or at least that’s what Neil Young says.

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