Buffalo Springfield again …

There’s something happening here … What it is ain’t exactly clear …
 
This past week there were two grand           reunions … The principle members of Buffalo Springfield … Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay, played together for the first time in over 40 years and coincidently, a group of my very best friends from college got together again after four decades.

I mention these two events in the same breath only because my buddies and I hit our stride just as songs like “For What it’s Worth”, “Bluebird”, and “Mr. Soul” were hitting the airwaves.

What a great reunion concert this must have been!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t there, but somebody was nice enough to make a tape of the show and put it up on the web.  Not great audio, but if you have reasonable sound on your computer,  listen …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1OVM9oFqxs

The guys and I were of an age that began with Elvis, progressed through Motown, to the Beatles and Stones and had graduated to what was popularly known as phychodelic music by 1969-1970 … Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane … and of course, Buffalo Springfield.

Most of the giants of this movement are long gone.  Janis and Jimi are dead of course, along with Jim Morrison. And while she is still with us, Grace Slick does not perform and appears to have “grace-fully” moved on, so to speak. 

 

Don’t get me wrong.  Grace looks at least as good today as Neil Young … okay, better … okay, a LOT better … but I would have to hear her run through  “White Rabbit” at least once before I’d be convinced she still has it. 

Meanwhile, Neil has never slowed down and although he looks about as old and crusty as Willie Nelson, he can still flat out perform on stage!

40 years later ... a touch of gray here and there.

You better stop children, what’s that sound?  Everybody look what’s going’ down …

Anyway, my point is … this past week was a shot in the arm for all 60’s era codgers everywhere. 

My guys proved that we could still party like it was 1969 (for a few hours anyway) and Buffalo Springfield showed that they’ve kept up with us!

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About Judson

Late bloomer ... aspiring writer and musician.
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9 Responses to Buffalo Springfield again …

  1. nrhatch says:

    Weren’t we lucky to grow up with such wonderful music???

    Love the juxtaposition: Neil Young . . . Neil Old. 🙂

    • Judson says:

      Nancy — It was great and I managed to pass it along to the next generation partially. Both of my sons love classic rock. My daughter not so much.

      — Judson

  2. territerri says:

    You sure experienced a variety of musical phases… good stuff!

    Looks like you and your buddies had a good time!

    • Judson says:

      Terri — I am indeed a very “seasoned” individual. We had a great time,b ut I’m still tired a week later, LOL.

      — Judson

  3. Music—ahhh “the times they are a changing”—or are they?

  4. I suppose every generation claims that their music is/was the best. My mother loved music and we had the radio playing constantly… or records. So I grew up with her favorite groups and bands. When my brother and I scored an old radio–these were the days when our bedroom was on the third floor in a wonderful house in Portland, we could turn it on at night and go to sleep to the sounds of the fifties, and the shimmering light of the radio dial. Days–and nights–to remember.
    I taught my grandson to drum, and he went further than I ever did, forming a band and making a few recordings. Now days he hears the music I play in the house (he lives with us), and I find it rewarding to catch him singing along with Cat Stevens, or trying to capture the drum solo from In-a-gadda-da-vita.

    • Judson says:

      You’re probably right. It just makes me wonder how what we know as “classical” music became timeless and is still respected today while subsequent musical genres have been popular with their generation, but have failed to have real “staying power” … I don’t know and I suppose the verdict on the music of the era of “classic rock” will not be in until long after I’m gone.

      So I guess I say to future generations .. Rock On! 🙂

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