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Chiogtr4x

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When I was a kid, I first loved the Beatles.
The next band that caught my attention was Buffalo Springfield.
The first Beatle album I owned was HELP.
My next album was Buffalo Springfield Again.
I actually heard BS’s eponymous album before Again, but didn’t have the finances to buy it.
I was 12.
So, like with Sirs Paul & Ringo, I can’t give up on Neiler just yet.
He and Stephen Stills have a big place in my heart.

IMO, all these folks are huge faves of mine, have earned my respect, and learned a lot of music/ guitar playing, from them.

So my feeling ( informed now, by own aging, as I want to play forever...), is they can make music/tour/record as long as they want to, and we can choose to listen or not...but we don't get to tell them 'STOP!'

That's their call
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Neil Young, it’s past time to stop.
I think that about a lot of old musicians. As Grace Slick said, “All rock 'n' rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire.” You know she got a point! As @8bit said, I like a lot of these folks' music from back in their heyday. But most haven't done anything relevant for 20 or more years.

Still, fans clamor to see them even though can hardly walk across the stage.
 

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As someone who's spent a career in the creative arts industry and is weeks from 65, I have complete empathy with anyone who doesn't want to stop. I don't want to stop. But I do think Mr. Young might examine his output and reconsider whether every single song that pops into his head needs to be recorded and published. Winnowing out the chaff from the grain is a good thing.
 

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He's released 4 records this year. I had no idea but I listened to some clips from the most recent released on 11/18. I just wonder if he's not taking advantage of his super loyal fans. Even if he feels his output is worthy.
 

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As someone who's spent a career in the creative arts industry and is weeks from 65, I have complete empathy with anyone who doesn't want to stop. I don't want to stop. But I do think Mr. Young might examine his output and reconsider whether every single song that pops into his head needs to be recorded and published. Winnowing out the chaff from the grain is a good thing.
I'm 71 and still perform a little. I'm not charging anyone. It's not an age thing, it's quality.
 

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He wouldn't still be playing if he wasn't Neil Young and if he wasn't Neil Young, he wouldn't have written After The Gold Rush. You can't have the good without the not-so-good when it comes to artists. But the thing is that history only remembers the good stuff and everything else falls away
 

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I'm 71 and still perform a little. I'm not charging anyone. It's not an age thing, it's quality.
I don't know you or your music, but you should keep playing and performing until the magic is gone for you, and only you know when that is. I'd also recommend you extend the same grace to other artists.
 

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I think a lot of his later stuff is better than his 70s stuff. If all he ever did was after the goldrush, I'd put him in a category with a lot of singer-songwriters of that time. Not bad, or anything, but I could miss it. My favorite NY album is Ragged Glory, and I'm looking forward to hearing his new pump organ album.
 

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Well, it is what he loves, and he has always done it, with great results, among some not-so-great ones, admittedly. I guess I feel that it’s kind of unrealistic to expect someone to stop doing probably the only thing they are really good at and enjoy. I mean—he’s just old as hell. Eff it. We should all be so lucky. (And his wife is STILL hot!) I think that as long as he has an audience to enjoy what he does now, he should be able to do it as long as he wants to, no matter what everybody who’s not on board thinks.
 

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Some people are born entertainers. If they love making music and people still love listening, then play on.

Personally, I’m glad I stopped going to live shows of some of my favorite musicians. I didn’t see Johnny Winter on his last tour. I think I would have cried. Lucinda Williams same thing. She can barely stand up and sings way out of key. But hey, if there are fans that still dig it then it’s all good.
 




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