I’m Driftin’ Back – Neil Young

Neil Young & Crazy Horse‘s new recording Psychedelic Pill starts with a 27 minute, epic track called, “Driftin’ Back”.

It is trippy and reflective. It is something each of us does, drifting back to thoughts and places we were before.

My favorite lyrics are at the 12:11 mark

I used to dig Picasso

I used to dig Picasso

Hey now now, Hey now now 

I used to dig Picasso

Then the big tech giants came along

and turned him into wallpaper

Hey Now Now, Hey Now Now

I used to dig Picasso

This stanza underscores the main theme of Driftin’ Back. Technology has altered the landscape of art, homogenized it, compressed it for redistribution to the masses.

Listen again at 19:06,

Don’t want my MP3

Don’t want my MP3

I’m Driftin’ Back

I’m Driftin’ Back

I’m Driftin’ Back

I’m Driftin’ Back

I’m Driftin’ Back

When you hear my song now

You only get 5%

You used to get it all

You used to get it all

Blocking out my anger

Blocking out my thoughts

Blocking out my anger now

Blocking out my thoughts

I’m Driftin’ Back……

Copyright 2012 Neil Young and Warner Music

Isn’t that the point here. The music industry settled for publishing and distributing inferior sound through the InterWeb. (Which I feel they truly want to correct this issue) Its time we got ALL our music back.

I applaud Neil Young for both challenging this understanding and championing Pono for 100% high-resolution audio.

This is why Pono is righteous!

Memories of Poco and Pete Fornatale

The country rock group, Poco began due to the demise of Buffalo Springfield in 1968. Buffalo Springfield gave us Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina. Buffalo Springfield was the roots foundation for spawning  Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungPoco, as well as popular acts Loggins and Messina and Crazy Horse.

Richie Furay and Jim Messina originally formed Poco in 1968, releasing their first album Pick Up The Pieces, in 1969.

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I caught on fully to Poco due to the love Pete Fornatale of WNEW-FM 102.7 NY City had for the group. Pete was totally passionate about Poco. He played their music on the air deep from the music of his heart. Richie Furay wrote a very loving testimony to Pete Fornatale on his Web site, “Pete Fornatale-My Friend”

Pete Fornatale was directly responsible for my decision to get concert tickets for Poco and Buddy Mile Express at Fairfield University on December 6, 1970. Poco proved to be an exhilarating live act. I found them to be great musicians, wonderful harmonies. I saw the nucleus of Poco musicians listed below.  Jim Messina had left Poco in October 1970. I was very impressed with Timothy B. Schmitt on bass and vocals, little did I realize he would become an integral member of The Eagles in 1977, again replacing Randy Meisner. What I loved about Poco’s sound was the rich vocals set against the electrifying pedal steel guitar of Rusty Young.

The second Poco was out then, Poco. 

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  • Richie Furay – guitars, vocals
  • Paul Cotton – guitars, vocals
  • Rusty Young – pedal steel guitar, banjo, Dobro
  • Timothy B. Schmit – bass, harmonica, vocals
  • George Grantham – drums, vocals

Poco would soon release Deliverin’ on January 13, 1971, their first live album. It was exciting to have a live recording of Poco’s so close to seeing them live in concert the month before 🙂

Pete Fornatale wrote the liner notes. I just pulled that vinyl LP from my collection and read the liner notes feeling both happy and sad.

Kind Woman (Ritchie Furay)

Kind woman, won’t you love me tonight?

The look in your eyes

Kind woman don’t leave me lonely tonight

Please say it’s all right