I only realized after reading this blurb that he was in The Hollies. I’ve really only known him from CSN&Y. And that makes sense now why “Bus Stop” (a song I’ve known forever but never knew the name of) sounds so familiar.
Nash plays guitar (and harmonica) and sings and he’s accompanied by Shane Fontayne on guitar and harmony vocals. The duo sound great. Nash’s voice is clear and sounds amazing (because he’s 74 but even if he weren’t). Obviously I missed the mega harmonies of CSN&Y, but as a solo performer he really shines.
The first song he plays is “Bus Stop” and it sounds wonderful. I miss some of the inflections that are in the original–but this is clearly a solo rendition (and it has been 50 years after all).
The other two songs are from his new album. “Myself at Last” he says was the first song the recorded and that it was done in one take (and that musicians love that). It’s a lovely song with a very Graham Nash feel (imagine that). I love the chord progression in the bridge and the slight delay in vocals for the chorus.
For the final song, “This Path Tonight,” he asks us to imagine “an incredible rock and roll band playing with us.” Even though the song isn’t fast, it has a real sense of urgency in it. The chord progression is intense, and I imagine that with a band this song would be even more exciting.
[READ: January 20, 2016] “My Diagnosis”
This is the kind of story that reads more like an exercise that was later developed into a full story.
The opening of the story is that the narrator’s mother has made the narrator’s diagnosis public.
And the rest of the story is the narrator’s way of obfuscating what that diagnosis is–possibly from herself but definitely from her mother’s friends.
They call her and ask how she is doing, looking for details, but she will never say specifically what it is.
It’s sort of interesting but again more as an exercise than as a compelling story.
Having said that, I liked the way she (I assumed it was a she by the end) turned the questions back on the callers and made them feel like they were ill, too.