A Ukulele Neil Young World

In Neil Young’s recent acceptance speech at the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame ceremony, he mentioned his dad buying him a ukulele as a kid. He’s also quoted in Shakey: A Neil Young Biography as saying he first started to play music on a plastic ukulele, going on to “a better ukulele to a banjo…

New Music from Old People

I write that blog title in a joking way because I’m approaching middle age myself. Who am I kidding? I’ve approached it, poked it cautiously with a long stick and it’s welcomed me into its lair. So far it hasn’t turned on me, but I’m keeping an eye on it. There’s that expression “in the…

Stephen Stills and The Giraffe of Unrequited Love

It’s not just any giraffe. It’s a giraffe with a purpose. It’s the giraffe of unrequited love. When Stephen Stills’ first solo album was released in 1970, buyers may have looked at the enigmatic stuffed giraffe on the cover and thought “How cute” or figured Stills was trying to be funny. Very few at the…