I had the enormous pleasure of seeing Crosby Stills and Nash perform sunday night, August 29th, in Atlantic City, NJ.
an image from the CSN tour website
It's hard to imagine a better, more enjoyable concert. Over the past few years, I"ve been to a lot of reunion concerts or just concerts by groups from the sixties and seventies-- Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, Genesis, Cher, Phil Collins, Canned Heat, Mountain, Three Dog Night, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Savoy Brown, Foghat, Leon Russel, BB King.
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Maybe, just maybe, the Rolling Stones, Clapton and Winwood and Phil Collins were in the same league. They were all in bigger venues too.
But I'm not sure. I was in such a state of pure pleasure, smiling my ass off throughout almost the entire concert.
A few songs into the concert, Graham Nash noted that they were having a particularly good night that night.
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The set list is not up yet, but here's a link to one on setlist.fm that's fairly close from the night before. They did two songs from Buffalo Springfield, Rolling Stones cover song Ruby Tuesday...
In many reunion concerts, the "band" consists of one or two original members and then a younger crew of musicians and singers. Not here. All three were the real deal, plus the drummer of 35 years, Dallas Taylor was with them. The thing is, their voices were wonderful, better than the old album's from the sixties. Stills' voice is deeper and that changes the harmonies, but seriously, a lot of the reunion bands struggle to just hit the notes. This show was extraordinary. David Crosby was amazing and when Stills and Nash harmonized, it gave me chills up the back of my neck.
It was hard to find "young people" under 50 and there were hardly any under 40, let alone 30. I tried to explain it to my 20 something kids that what made this show so magical was I knew ALL the songs, knew most of the words and had played most of them on my guitar. I struggled with cutting my hair, back when it was written, and sang Marrakech Express while I was riding the Marrakech local from Casablanca to Marrakech in 1973, when I made the trip on my one month visit to Morocco, where I traveled wearing the local Galibaya outfit.
I literally thought to myself as I moved my body to the music, smiling from ear to ear, the old Native American saying, "Today's a good day to die."
Here's a link to the remaining concert schedule and a great sampling of some free sounds.
And here are some Video snippets I shot on my iPhone at the concert, of peak moments in songs.
Long Time Comin'
Love the One You're With
that's my voice singing along near the end.)
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.