Neil Young. Enough said? You may go to WIKI or the fantastic 70 facts you might not know about Neil Young from Tidal to find the C.V. and pertinent discography. Here we focus on the music we love. Throughout this article, you will find old and new achronologically mixed together. This High Rocky Mountain Love article is a Neil Young emotional collage. The leitmotif, as the title tells you, is love. 

“Old man” is the song that inspired me to mimic Neil Young on harp (see harmonicas in Keys of A, G, C). The beginning of my Neil Young harp period, you’ll.

Helpless, I heard first on vinyl but truly listened as Neil sang the same at the Last Waltz with harmony help from Joni Mitchell backstage. This Last Waltz performance found Neil on stage with his Canadian brothers replete with a nose full of cocaine. According to Wikipedia, Director Martin Scorsese used rotoscoping to remove a large chunk of cocaine hanging from Neil Young’s nose in his rock documentary The Last Waltz. Lucky for us, Neil’s Canadian Ontario province sister Joni was ready to vocally support, remind and foster her friend from her backstage post.  Context is critical in the aforementioned story. The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.  A merry few Rock/Folk superstars of Neil Young’s caliber escaped drug use in the 60 and 70s.  The Band was famous for generous amounts of coke backstage at most of their live shows.   Joni Mitchell wrote an incredible song about all those who fell victim to the bedlam of the period, titled Blue.  Neil Young wrote “The Needle and the Damage Done,” perhaps one of the most moving songs about heroin ever written. Despite having avoided a reputation for drug use, he has definitely done his share but has since come clean.  We are blessed to have Joni and Neil around thanks in no small part to their friendship, Canadian constitution, and god’s grace. 

In 1951, at age 7, Neil contracted polio during the last major virus outbreak in Ontario and nearly lost his life. Fellow Canadian music legend Joni Mitchell, two years his senior, also caught polio during the exact epidemic.

Innocence and experience.  Neil Young has a voice that cuts through, rises above, catches you in a settled place to remind your sleeping inner child to wake up and remember love.  

Neil Young, Joni Mitchell & The Band – Helpless – The Last Waltz – 1976

Don’t Forget Love

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Neil Young – Harvest Moon (unplugged)

Neil Young and friends on MTV Unplugged playing Harvest Moon.




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BARN, the documentary film directed by Daryl Hannah (dhlovelife), catches a rare intimate glimpse of this legendary band as they make music in a restored 19th-century log barn under the full moon. The film captures Neil and the Horse in an organic way, their easy irreverent humor, their brotherhood, and of course, their music as it was created. BARN intentionally lingers on single shots for entire songs, showing there are no tricks, revealing the raw, organic, and spontaneous process of the music bursting to life from unexpected moments. Exquisite changes of light and weather dance in the remote meadow where the barn sits, adding sweet, mystical magic as the music thumps, reverberates, and echoes. The film is infused with the gratitude and joy that permeated the whole experience. Hear the album and visit the store at Experience all of Neil Young’s music at Neil Young Archives! CREDITS Band Neil Young Billy Talbot Ralph Molina Nils Lofgren Director Daryl Hannah Music Produced By: The Volume Dealers – Neil Young and Niko Bolas Cinematography Adam CK Vollick – DP DHLoveLife – Additional Cinematographer Post Production Lost Planet – Gary Ward – Producer


An arresting portrait of her fellow Canadian and frequent collaborator
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Neil Young: ‘Barn’ with Crazy Horse and Being Future-Forward with Care for the Past | Apple Music

Zane Lowe joins rock icon Neil Young at Shangri-La recording studio in Malibu to discuss his 41st studio album, ‘Barn’ with Crazy Horse. Neil Young explains that geography is very important to his songwriting process and that he needs to feel the energy of his space in order to create lasting music. Neil describes working with Crazy Horse on tracks like “Song Of The Seasons,” which was inspired by the beauty of their surroundings. The two discuss the Neil Young Archives, which is a project he’s been working on for years. Neil believes that in music it’s important to have sights set on the future, with care and respect for the past. Listen to Neil Young on Apple Music:

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Sugar Mountain (2017 Remaster) · Neil Young


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℗ 1977 Reprise Records

Technical Engineer: Harry Sitam
Assistant Engineer: John Hausmann
Engineer: John Nowland
Guitar, Producer: Neil Young
Lead Vocals: Neil Young
Digital Editor: Tim Mulligan
Mastering Engineer: Tim Mulligan
Writer: Neil Young

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