Despite all the fame and fanfate of Hollywood, some artists are really wise beyond their years. For folk legend, Neil Young, this was evident when he first appear with his classic hit “Old Man’ at 26 years old.
The song is a touching testimonial to the foreman who helped take care of Young’s picturesque but expensive farm. The foreman was in wonderment of how somebody so youthful could afford it. Lowered by the foreman, Young saw himself in him. He ascribed his prosperity to fortunes and felt he was only a simple man hopelessly looking for love, a sense of completion and peace of mind.
Youthful initially played out the influential tune, which was the second single off of his widely acclaimed fourth album, Harvest, for the BBC in 1971.
The hit came to realization when Stills, Nash, Crosby, and Young went on a four-year break, which permitted Young to truly spread his wings with his solo career.
At 60, Young sang it again amid a memorable performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in 2005 that still brings chills. At that time, it was another feeling for Young, having developed into an older man with a feeling of sentimentality for his childhood.
In case you’re an old soul like me, then you can truly appreciate this melody as it reverberates at each age. Through his songwriting, Young really knows how to pull at your heartstrings, including his hit “Heart of Gold,” which is one of my top hits. He also has a great sense of humor and appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
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