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 …
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!
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!