Today’s article inaugurates the first song starting with ‘F’ in the library:
I watched so many times the Heart of Gold documentary directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) about Neil Young’s Prairie Wind concert at the famous Ryman Auditorium also known as Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. This documentary showcased Neil Young’s comeback performance after brain surgery. By my meagre estimation Neil ‘hit a homer‘ here. The whole concert had me enraptured.
The Prairie Wind concert is a great introduction to Neil Young although it’s more a sombre, melancholic and retrospective repertoire of what he does. It is a reflection of Neil’s childhood and his dedication to family. I immediately knew after I first heard it, this guy is the real deal. I had heard his amazing closing of the Philadelphia movie which is one of the most moving music sequences I’ve ever heard in a movie and also his captivating performance of Helpless with the Band on the Last Waltz.
I really like listening to Neil’s high-pitch vocals in Falling off the Face of the Earth. This song is Neil thanking his father for everything he has done to support his life and his career. He is saying his world will never be the same without his father being here. The texture, the pure ache, adds a timeless feel to the material.
I just want to thank you
For all of the things you’ve done
I’m thinking about you
I just want to send my love
I send my best to you
That’s my message of love
For all the things you did
I can never thank you enough
More music will come from Neil especially Prairie Wind.