I had a discussion recently with a friend of mine about music in today’s world. We spoke of how music/audio seems to have become synonymous with image/visual. My friend mentioned an interesting statement Neil Young made on the subject. According to my friend, Young said that in the 70′s music was about the music, then in the 80′s music was more about image.
There’s a lot of truth to that statement. Video did, in fact, kill the radio star.
But we’re coming around. Music enthusiasts are less likely to consume pop music simply because the performer is attractive. After all, most performers are attractive anyways. I for one kind of like the odd-looking musician. It’s comforting in a strange way. Guys like Bob Dylan, Rick Ocasic, Joey Ramone, and, of course, Neil Young are a bit goofy-looking but there’s something neat about it. Another guy that comes to mind is Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords. But I digress.
But while listening to the John Prine station on Pandora, Neil Young came on with a live performance of “Old Man.” It was amazing. I’ve always liked Neil Young and his acoustic guitar. This performance is truly stellar. And it brings back a love of music… real music without all the make-up and costumes. Ray Lamontange music.
Enjoy this video of Neil Young back in 1971 singing “Old Man”: