The following lines from the Neil Young’s song “On the Beach” basically sums things up for me at the moment……

“Though my problems are meaningless
That don’t make them go away”

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Once again I’ve been drawn close to a song by Neil Young.

Over the last week or two my thoughts and spirit have been centred on the elements of Light and Love, how to be more Open and how vulnerable life, family and friendship can be at times.

“You and Me” was originally on the album “Harvest Moon” and sung with the late Nicolette Larson. However, I have downloaded this beautiful and honest lovesong onto YouTube  from the live version on the album “Dreamin Man”.

I’m blown away by how Neil takes a simple lovesong with authentic and everyday imagery into the realm of the Spirit.

Pure Beauty!!

 

“You And Me”

Open up your eyes
 See how life time flies
Open up and let the light back in.

Open up your heart
Let the lovin’ start
Open up and let the light back in.

I was thinking of you and me
Makin’ love beneath the tree
And now I wonder could it be.

Thinkin’ ’bout the times we had
Some were good and some were bad
Guitar fightin’ the T.V.

I was thinkin’ ’bout you and me
I was thinkin’ ’bout you and me
I was thinkin’ of you and me
I was thinkin’ ’bout you and me.

Lookin’ at you just the other night
Dancin’ in the evening light
True love conquers all.

Old man sittin’ there
Touch of grey, but he don’t care
When he hears his children call.

I was thinkin’ ’bout you and me
I was thinkin’ ’bout you and me
I was thinkin’ ’bout you and me
I was thinkin’ ’bout you and me.

Open up your eyes
See how life time flies
Open up and let the light back in.

Neil Young -Thrasher

April 25, 2009

 

 

I have started a triptych which is the final work in the (Im)possible series. The three canvasses exam Death, Mourning and Rebirth. I have also seen the three canvasses as reflecting on Good Friday. Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. The main painting will be the (im)possibility of Mourning( Holy Saturday). As I worked through this process I have been considering  various forms of “Loss” .

Today I had conversation with a close friend regarding friendship and the loss of friendship and community. My friend mentioned that he was felt as if he was mourning past and lost friendships.

When Neil Young wrote “Thrasher”, in 1979, he was 34 years old, I first heard this in 1980 and I was 16 years old. It was the song that introduced me to Neil Young’s music and even though I have always love this song, I feel that a long journey of time is needed to fully appreciate this song.

 

 

Lyrics and brief notes:

Thrasher

They were hiding behind hay bales,
They were planting in the full moon
They had given all they had for something new
But the light of day was on them,
They could see the thrashers coming
And the water shone like diamonds in the dew. Read the rest of this entry »