Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crosby Stills Nash and Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in 1973 image by soundcolourvibration

For me, the greatest song by this group was Teach Your Children.The clear and powerful lyrics of "Teach your Children" still hold a profound resonance.

The song addresses the older generation, exhorting them to "Teach your children well...
And feed them on your dreams..."

Then it asks children to "teach your parents well," and reminds the young that "You of tender years can't know the fears your elders grew by..."

Both generations are advised to look beyond the generation gap in the memorable lines:

"So just look at them and sigh, and know they love you." I'm still impressed by how these young singers were able to express what sounds like the wisdom of old age.

Before it burned down, the hometown community centre was a quonset hut left over from WWII. Teach your Children was one of the songs that we, the young of the sixties, cranked to high volume. When the great cavernous space was full of the palpable vibrations of the music, we closed our eyes and danced. 

Other great hits of this group were Marrakesh Express and Our House.

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