Graham Nash only cried once while making music
Graham Nash recalled the experience of “emotional destruction” that reduced him to tears in the studio for the only time in his life.
The moment came when Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were working on their historic 1970 album. Already seen. In a new interview on Apple Music Zane Lowe Show, Nash remembers the challenge of working alongside Neil Young.
“One of the things we found out very quickly was who Neil wanted to be as a person,” he said. “Neil Young is a brilliant musician, obviously, and one of the things that makes him such a brilliant musician is that he reacts physically to the muse of music. … When things are going well, he is there, 100%. When things are not going well he will turn left on the freeway where everyone turns right. So we started to find out who Neil was. … We didn’t become a band like Crosby, Stills & Nash was. We became something else, and it was painful.
An example of this pain was the fact that the mixes would change after Nash thought they were over. “I would do a mix of, say, ‘Carry On’ that I loved and everyone in the studio loved when we mixed it,” Nash said. “We would come home, sleep, come back the next day, and the mix was completely remade. Mixtures sometimes take hours and hours to prepare. So when you’ve put all of your effort into it, and you have something that you really love, and you come back the next day and it’s completely different, it doesn’t create a great feeling.
You can listen to the interview below.
Nash noted that “at one point I looked at Stephen [Stills] and David [Crosby] and Neil… and I said, “Look, we’re blowing this. We’re just blowing this off. And I started to cry. And that’s the only time I cried when I was making music. It was a very emotional moment for me emotionally, because I want the song to be done. Do you want to do all these songs and make a great album? I’m here… and I won’t give up until I do, but it was emotionally destructive.
The singer and songwriter previously said he had doubts when the idea of bringing Young into the group was first suggested. In the new interview, he explained that he was concerned that Young and Stills had endured character clashes while working together in Buffalo Springfield.
“But we had another problem, and it was that I had never met Neil,” he says. “And so I said to the boys, ‘Look, before I invite Neil to join this group, I have to meet him. … I don’t know if he can be my friend. I know he’s great, but … I have to meet him before I can wholeheartedly invite him into this group. ”
The couple gathered for breakfast on Bleecker Street in New York City, “and after that breakfast I would have given him the world,” Nash recalls. “He was funny. He was belittling himself. He was very confident. At the end of breakfast, I said, ‘Look, Neil, tell me a reason why we should invite you to this band?’ And he looked at me and he said, “Have you ever heard me and Stephen play guitar together? I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘That’s why you want me in this band. . ‘ And he was right.
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