Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Many Muses: Neil Young

Some Neil Young inspiration and motivation on the chalkboard wall in my art studio.

Since today is Neil Young's Birthday, I decided to begin what I hope will be a series of posts about people who inspire me.  Mr. Young is the perfect person to start with because he is the ultimate "Slave To The Muse" role model.  I can't think of anyone who is more dedicated to his muse than he is.  My own muse just adores him and often sings his praises to me.  In fact, when I am being stubborn about carrying out her orders she will sometimes say to me, "WWNYD?", meaning What Would Neil Young Do?

The answer is always the same:  Neil Young would follow his muse.

Here's what his CSNY band mate Graham Nash has to say about Neil and his muse:

Graham, Endora and I may love Neil for being true to his muse but not everyone does.  I'm sure you can find a lot of angry fans and musicians who have been extremely disappointed by the changes that Neil Young's muse demanded (not to mention David Geffen).  However, it is exactly his willingness to risk failure and disapproval for the sake of creativity and innovation that I find so inspiring.

So while Neil Young may not make being a "Slave To The Muse" look easy, there isn't anyone who makes it look cooler or more worthwhile.  

Happy Birthday Neil.  Long may you run.

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