i everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
There is no doubt in my mind as to the beauty of Neil Young’s music. And if someone is able to take one of his works of art and make it their own, I consider it a real accomplishment. Nicolette Larson did just that in 1978 when she turned today’s song into a huge hit. She previously worked as a back-up vocalist on two of his albums, 1977’s “American Stars ‘n Bars” & 1978’s “Comes A Time”, which is where Young’s version of today’s song appears. And it was that album that led to Larson’s record deal with the Warner Brothers label. Despite her work as a solo artist she continued providing harmony & backing vocals for many artists including The Doobie Brothers, The Dirt Band & Linda Ronstadt. She also worked with Young again in 1992 on his “Harvest Moon” album and again in 1993 for his “Unplugged” show. Larson died in 1997 from complications due to liver failure. But today’s song remains my favorite Young cover more than 40 years after she recorded it.
“So if you are out there waiting
I hope you show up soon
‘Cause my head needs relating
L-R: Nicolette Larson circa 1978 & Neil Young from his “Unplugged” performance in 1993. (Images found online. Original sources unknown.)
Nicolette Larson: “Lotta Love” (1978, written by Neil Young).
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