David Crosby On New Music, Old Music, And The Grateful Dead

first_imgThis piece originally ran in the Midlife Rocker blog. Writer Steve Houk had the unique opportunity to sit down with legendary rock icon David Crosby recently, to discuss his storied career, his ongoing solo tour, and his relationship with the Grateful Dead. Here’s what Crosby had to say: When you ask David Crosby what he thinks separates the music that he’s done solo, or with those three other guys named S, N & Y, from the rest of the pack, it’s a no-brainer.“It’s the songs, man. Everything is the songs,” an animated and engaging Crosby told me from his home in California as he prepares for his summer solo tour. “That’s what really separates the men from the boys. You can take a mediocre song and do all the production you want on it, and you’re still just polishing an ‘excrescence.’ There’s a polite word. But look, I think that we’re good writers. In whichever combination, either three good writers or four good writers, it gives us a very wide pallet of colors to work from. And I think that’s why the couch album and ‘Deja Vu’ were so strong. There’s a very wide scope of material there that one person couldn’t have written. I think that gave us a huge advantage.”As Crosby, 73, traverses through his 52nd year of creating music — still immersed in a career that has seen him enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, for his work with The Byrds and CSN — right now, his gift is in full bloom. Coming off his critically acclaimed solo release Croz in 2014, his senses are sharp, and his seasoned instincts appear keen. His songwriting spark is in the now, not just the then, the songs are coming fast and furious, and a lesser man might not know what to do with such a rush. But David Crosby does. If anyone knows how to handle a rush, it’s Croz. Take it and go with it.“I’ve always written in kind of bursts of activity over the years,” Crosby said with a twinkle in his voice. “I’ll write two, three things in a row and then a couple of months will pass by before I write another thing. I don’t know why that is, but I’ve been in now the longest most sustained burst of writing that I can remember in probably thirty years. I’m just amazed it’s going this long. I wrote two things this week. So I don’t know what to think. I feel very grateful, I don’t really understand it, but I guess I don’t have to understand it, I just have to work with it. I was stunned by the amount of material that’s coming my way and very grateful. And I’m smart enough to pay attention to it so that’s what I’ve been doing. I pick up the guitar every day several times, and try to work at it and it’s been working.”(L-R) Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, Phil Lesh and Neil Young during recording of Crosby’s 1971 album If I Could Only Remember My Name (photo courtesy Jim Marshall)Although Crosby has been prolific in his songwriting, he has only released four true solo records, beginning with the stellar, star-studded If I Could Only Remember My Name in 1971. That record came at a devastating period in his life, when writing songs was the only thing that kept him going when nothing else could.“That was a life saver, that record man, absolutely a life saver,” Crosby said with a clear remembrance. “I was going through a really rough period in my life there, my girlfriend had just gotten killed in a car wreck. I had no way to deal with it at all. I was in pretty bad emotional shape when we finished ‘Deja Vu’ and the only place I really felt comfortable was in the studio. So I just stayed in there. And that’s the record that happened. Jerry Garcia was a good friend of mine and came almost every night, some of the other guys, Phil Lesh, and Paul Kantner and Grace Slick and people from Santana and the Dead and the Airplane and other bands up there would come by. And sometimes Nash and Joni Mitchell. It was a rough time but that’s how I stayed alive, making that record.”Forty-four years after that album was released, and as the Dead celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, Crosby recalls his relationship with the Grateful Dead band members with much fondness, relationships that continue even today.“I was friends with all of them, and I’m still friends with Phil, we are buddies and have been for a long time and I’m sure we will be for a long time. I love ’em, they are a bunch of great guys, we would jam alot and spend time at Bob Weir’s place in Mill Valley which is right near my place and I would go over there when they were rehearsing, and just interfere and get in the way and pester them. Start jams right when they were trying to learn new tunes and stuff.”David Crosby soars live (photo courtesy David Crosby)Crosby will be back out there with his longtime mates this fall for a CSN European swing — “Why do we do it? I guess we love it, that’s the answer” — but for now, it’s just him and his guitar, naked out there. And that’s just how he wants it to be right now.“It’s more challenging, it’s how I started out,” Crosby said. “One guy, one guitar. But it’s also a way that I can do one of the things I love the most, which is tell you the story of the song. The words really count, and if it’s just you and the guitar, you get to really actually make the words count. And they’re a big deal for me, poetry’s a big deal for me. A BIG deal to me. I love doing it this way, it’s much more challenging, and at this point in my life, challenging myself is a very healthy thing to do.”And as always, when it comes right down to it, it’s all about…the songs.“To carry it yourself, it has alot more to do with the song. If you got a whole band there, you can play something that’s only moderately good and get away with it. If it’s just you and the guitar, it has to be a really good song. That for me is crucial stuff. I really like that. I do have some good songs. It’s a different ball game than playing with the band, completely. Not everybody wants to do it and not everybody can do it. I do really love doing it.”And will Crosby be pulling out any buried treasures from his legendary canon, any big surprises, on this short solo soiree?“Oh definitely, but I’m not gonna tell ya,” he says, laughing. “You have to come to the show, man. I hope you do come, I think you’ll like it. If you like songs, you’ll love it.”last_img read more

Prototype Specialized SL3 ‘Project Black’ Roubaix Spotted at Paris Roubaix

first_imgJames Huang over at BikeRadar captured some pics of a prototype Specialized ‘Project Black’ bike that’s looking to be a 2011 S-Works Roubaix, likely with the SL3 moniker.  They’ve got a full gallery of photos (including both of these, which are ©James Huang/BikeRadar) and speculation, but here are the Cliff’s Notes on visible improvements and changes over the current SL2 version:Internal derailleur and rear brake housing with caps that should make it Di2 internal wiring compatible.Larger Zertz damper inserts in both the seat stays and fork legs.Seat tube gets much wider, squarer toward the bottom bracket.Huge downtube flows more consistently (smoothly) under the BB for larger overall cross section.Thinner seatstays, but HUGE chainstays.Miniscule alloy rear dropouts.Specialized has hinted they’ll be showing a couple new items, including at least one frame and some tires, at Sea Otter, but I doubt they’ll be showing this bad boy off so early.  The Paris-Roubaix is this coming Sunday, April 11, and the bike you see here will be piloted by Saxobank’s Stuart O’Grady.  Watch the race on Versus at 6pm EST.last_img read more

“We’ll see” – Agent says Liverpool player’s transfer ‘very difficult’, but…

first_imgDejan Lovren has been at Liverpool since 2014 and for much of that time he’s had a cloud of doubt hanging over his head. It’s not that Liverpool fans don’t like him, it’s just that he’s got a knack of making some of the club’s following extremely nervous, and once a few mistakes had been highlighted that then became the theme of his Anfield career.That said, there’s no doubt he’s been an important player over that period and has certainly contributed everything he can.Lovren isn’t shy when it comes to speaking of himself as one of the best around, and it may be expected that if what lies ahead is more time on the Liverpool bench then he’ll look for an exit.That’s been talked up this week, with claims of interest from Serie A clubs.CalcioNapoli24 have picked up some comments Vincenzo Cavaliere has given to Italian radio.The agent represents Andrej Kramaric, but he was still asked about a potential Lovren move anyway, to which he replied: “Lovren is a national team player and at Liverpool he’s doing very well. “A transfer to Napoli can be there, it’s very difficult but Napoli is a great club and challenges are always seen very well by the players. Would he accept the Napoli idea? We’ll see, also because he has always played in England.”He then added, for reasons we’re not quite sure of, the following: “Lovren’s dad is my neighbour, and I meet him often.”Maybe the neighbourly chat could soon change to a potential transfer for the Liverpool player.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undolast_img read more

Comeback Win Keeps Caps Rolling

first_img31:44 into a critical road trip, the Washington Capitals trailed 4-1 against the New York Islanders, a team that has given them fits all season long. But somehow, despite not earning a single power play while yielding five in a poorly officiated contest, Dale Hunter’s crew came back to tie the game up and then won it in the gimmick, 5-4.It was a remarkable turn of events and the victory is the Caps fourth straight and gives them 78 points with 12 games remaining. With the Florida Panthers also winning on Tuesday night, Washington remains a point behind the Southeast Division leading Cats. The Panthers also have a game in hand.Book this one in the “take the two points and run” column because the Capitals were fortunate to come back. Washington started terribly slow, and it is worth noting that they didn’t practice on Monday after three games in four nights, so it took them awhile to find their legs. The Islanders are a fast team and present matchup problems for the Caps, with John Tavares (two goals, one assist) pretty much a threat to score every time he touched the ice, including the shootout, where he tallied again. You can also put a MAJOR assist in the referees column for helping New York get two power play goals on five attempts. The job done by Dean Morton and Don VanMassenhoven was downright putrid as there was no consistency to the their decisions. Trips on one end of the ice were whistled while others were let go. In addition, a blatant high stick wasn’t called either on the Islanders late in regulation. It was one of those nights where the way the zebras call the game makes you wonder if there isn’t some Nevada-like influence going on, if you know what I mean.But the Caps found a way to come back. Keith Aucoin was outstanding with three assists, Alexander Ovechkin went to the net and potted two goals, Marcus Johansson was super most of the night and he set up Dmitry Orlov for a nifty tally that cut the deficit to just one early in the final frame. Dennis Wideman (1 assist, +2) also turned in a superior effort on the blue line getting my vote as best Caps d-man on this night.Michal Neuvirth (26 saves) allowed two fluky goals in the first frame but he settled down and played well. He made some big stops in overtime when the Islanders used their superior speed to their advantage, especially in the five minute extra session where it was a four on four affair. #30 also denied the last two Isles skaters in the shootout so when Ovechkin and then Matt Hendricks tallied on a super sweet move, the Caps got two much needed points on Long Island.It wasn’t pretty, but right now in the NHL, there are no style points. The Caps overcame a slow start, terrible officiating, and a fast Islanders team to begin their vitally important five game road trip on a winning note.Notes: The Caps went 3-0 with Mike Green out of the lineup due to suspension but his speed will sorely be needed on Friday night at 830 pm when the Caps take on a good skating Winnipeg Jets team. Winnipeg features Cap killer Evander Kane and lightning fast Blake Wheeler and it is pretty much a do or die game for the Jets, so the Capitals will need their “A” game to come out victorious…Jay Beagle was whistled for three very questionable minor penalty calls…Mike Knuble got the Caps on the board with a typical #22 style goal. He went to the front of the net and Wideman’s shot hit him on the way into the cage…Orlov was picked to shoot third in the gimmick and lost the puck before getting a shot off. It was #81’s first skills competition attempt so he was likely very nervous, especially since he had a chance to win the game…the Caps are eight games over .500, 36-28-6, for the first time all season (thanks to Mike Vogel, @VogsCaps) for that info).last_img read more