From the first time I heard "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," I fell in love with the sweet harmonies and rich, warming music made by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Since that time, they celebrated the Summer of Love at Woodstock, decried "four dead in Ohio," played with and without Neil Young and in both cases, made such music as you wish you could immerse yourself in it up to your eyebrows, for the stories told and the joy expressed in notes and words.
I never would have thought that doyen journalist Dan Rather would have a grasp on the history of these gentlemen and know the questions that needed to be asked. Listening to this interview, I find myself rediscovering my delight for David, Steven and Graham, as well as my deep respect for Mr. Rather. It is that perhaps most of all which moved me to share this moment with you.
Loren - what a treat this was! Your description did it perfect justice, and your pitch on Mr. Rather was right on.
The first thing that struck me bigly was Crosby's answer when Dan asked him about deserving the donated liver after his drug abuse. He said
I can't be the one to define what the value system should be on that.
Have you ever heard a religionist give such a modest and apt answer to questions about values?
Also, fabulous tidbit that For What It's Worth was inspired by a funeral for a bar!
I absolutely loved SS's closing -
It's not so much that we were going to change the world. We wanted to convince everyone that it was possible.
Quite enjoyable, although I was never really in to C, S, and N (and Young). They had great harmony and were very talented. It's just that I was into jazz and considered "rock" groups to be too plebian. I'm older and wiser now. And sorry I dismissed them back then. (Same with America, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, etc.)
And yes, Dan Rather was very good.
Just to make a point about the kind of music these men made, I'd like to post something here. On their first album, after the the celebration which is "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and the playful "Marrakesh Express" comes something very different, rare and sultry. It's the kind of love song which could possibly be as at home in the 17th century as it was in the 20th and in the here and now.
I am, of course, talking about "Guinevere."
I've always loved Southern Cross too.