Love is a Rose


Neil Young is officially the patron saint of this summer. Call it the Summer of Young. I’ve been a fan for a long time, of course, and I recall a time, somewhere in the late 90’s, when Decade was my favorite record to listen to while I played Tetris. There may also have been a childhood Buffalo Springfield phase. It just feels like right now, at this juncture in my life, Neil Young is everywhere. I keep hearing his songs every place I go. Is old Neil suddenly fashionable? His voice seems to be streaming out of every bar patio in town. What better song to have a soul crushing psychotic breakdown to than Down By The River? And what better words to live by than Only Love Can Break Your Heart? It’s been a terrible summer, one of the worst on record yet, and at times like these, the mind is weirdly open and pliable. And I keep walking into Neil Young songs when I’m at my most vulnerable. And it’s usually the right ones. Maybe I’m just paying more attention to Young because I just read his memoir, which definitely made me want to spend more time listening to his music. Why that was the book I picked up and started reading, and why the time that I was reading it turned out to be a turning point in my life, I don’t know. Cosmic coincidence, I guess. A lucky one, I’d say. I’m better off turning to Neil Young in a crisis than Nick Cave or Amy Winehouse, as I have in the past. Sign of newfangled maturity? Perhaps. Or just the universe being random again. On that note, did you know that Neil Young has a Tumblr? That he uses sporadically to record his dreams and post pictures of squirrels? If you submit a picture of a squirrel, Neil Young will personally post it on his Tumblr. I can tell it’s legit because it’s written in the same adorably discombobulated style as the book. So, obviously, knowing about the squirrel blog, how could you not be fan?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s