Neil Young Releases Unheard Acoustic Recordings From 1976 With ‘The Hitchhiker’

first_imgAt the time of the sessions that eventually became The Hitchhiker, Neil Young was slowly emerging from one of the darkest periods of his personal and musical life. Afraid of getting type cast as an acoustic lightweight, he had embraced the use of heavy-rock instrumentation, pushing away a fair chunk of his fan base from his Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Harvest period. Coupled with a melancholy mood permeating his life and music that brought on by the death of former Crazy Horse bandmate Danny Whitten, at the time, Young was clearly working through a sea-change in his personal philosophy.The opening song of Hitchhiker, “Pocahontas,” is familiar to fans of Rust Never Sleeps, but this version is infinitely more intimate than any version previously known. Young was very aware of the painful history of the native populations in the Americas and likely identified with their loss of identity. At the time of the song’s writing, these issues were once again on the minds of many Americans, and Young used his trademark nasal vocals to decry American Indians’ treatment and losses.The following tune, “Powderfinger,” continued the vision of forceful loss of culture. The uncertainty of the words is palpable and is a stunning contrast to his innate comfort on the vocals and guitar. On “Captain Kennedy,” his simple percussive taps on the hollow body of his guitar are a powerful touch that echoes the heartbeat and that fade as the protagonist faces his fate. The occasional chuckles and comments before the beginning of these tracks offer an interesting insight into Young’s mood during the recording session as well, like the self-starting thought at the start of “Hawaii.” “Give Me Strength” is the clearest picture of Young’s low emotional ebb, serving as a naked look at his disconnection. The raw nature of the track is part song, part longing for hope.By the time title track “Hitchhiker” rolls around, he seems to accept his place as a transitional force in the lives of everyone around him. With a painful divorce recently completed and a growing alienation from his friends and family, Young seemed in danger of fading away into a drug addled haze. The songs he wrote and recorded for Hitchhiker were clearly him realizing the dangers he faced and repudiating them with all the artistic fight he could muster. While fear of pigeon-holing prevented the release of The Hitchhiker at that point in his career, hearing them now is a wonderful insight into Young’s mindset at the time and moving forward. Though he was loathe to coast on his past successes, he was more than capable of making truly meaningful music in his older styles. That Young decided to fight against creative and personal stagnation and gave us one of the artist’s angriest and most seminal works. Luckily for all of us, we are now gifted with the opportunity to look at what might have been as well as what was. For his thirty-eighth solo record, The Hitchhiker, Neil Young decided to go old school—literally. All the tracks featured on the acoustic album were recorded in a single day in 1976 and have languished in archives ever since. Though some of these tracks were reworked and appeared on later albums, such as Young’s seminal Rust Never Sleeps, the songs were never heard in their original acoustic format—that is, until now. The reasons why this material ended up collecting dust for decades is almost as interesting as the music itself. You can hear The Hitchhiker in its entirety and check out our review of the album below.last_img read more

Bids opened for Community Crossing grant projects

first_imgBatesville, IN—Batesville City Council received bids to complete the 2019 Community Crossing Road grant projects.Globe Asphalt Paving was the apparent low bidder with a total bid of $1,042,065.60.  Dave O’Mara Contractor, Inc. submitted the other bid to the city at a total of $1,155,232.97.  City Attorney, Doug Wilson, and members of the Board of Works are reviewing the bids.The work is expected to be completed this year.last_img

Postmen on their bikes for Temple Street Children’s Hospital

first_imgA group of posties from Letterkenny certainly delivered on their promise to sick children.And the lads managed to pull in a brilliant €5,545.50 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital!Paul Crampsie, Martin McGinley, Paul Lynch and Paul Herrity from An Post Letterkenny recently took part and completed in a 555km cycle along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Coastline with the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra Race. They entered their 4 man team to hopefully raise awareness and some funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.Paul Lynch who is married to Laura Lynch and lives in Rathmullan have a little girl called Éabha who is just 22 months old.She was born with a rare genetic condition called Blepharophimosis, ptosis, and epicanthus inversus syndrome (BPES). Éabha was diagnosed at seven weeks by Professor O’Keeffe, an Ophthalmologist at Temple Street’s Childrens Hospital with this condition.To date she has undergone several surgeries on both her eye lids. Her vision is impaired and her eye lid muscles will continue to fall which is why she will need surgery for the rest of her life to keep her eye lids open. Éabha regularly attends the Neurologist, the Speech & Language & the Dietician clinics at Temple Street all of which is an important part of Éabha’s recovery after & before her operations. The team at Temple Street Children’s Hospital have been amazing support & the family are so grateful & delighted to be able to give back in any way to the hospital.Paul Crampsie, Paul Lynch, Martin McGinley & Paul Herrity and Laura Lynch would like to thank everyone who donated in any way however small.They would like to thank their families, work colleagues, friends & anyone who helped in any way, especially Liam O’Hara, O’Hara & Harrisson Electrical who crewed for them for the race, Tony Duffy, Mark O’Hara and Grace Ann McGarvey who looked after the social media & PR for the event & charity fundraiser.Speaking on behalf of Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Caroline Feely said, “We are so grateful to the four lads and their families for taking part in this challenging 555k endurance race and we are delighted that today they have presented us with €5545.50 for our Temple Street Children’s Hospital Charity.“We have lots of little troopers & fighters at Temple Street and everyday we see families face challenges that we can’t even imagine, yet these kids continue to smile up at us, so for us to see very child get state of the art equipment, support and help through our charity that they deserve during their visits & stay, makes our work worthwhile.” To date the An Post Letterkenny team have raised over €60,000 by organising Charity Cycles every year in memory of their work colleague Tadgh Culbert for the Donegal Hospice and they will be organising the next Tadgh Culbert Memorial Charity Cycle in the coming months, details will be released soon.Postmen on their bikes for Temple Street Children’s Hospital was last modified: August 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charitycycledonegalletterkennypostmenlast_img read more