Saturday, April 15, 2006

Keep On Rockin' In The Free World


Looks like the godfather of grunge, irrascible iconoclast, and former Winnipegger turned Redwooder, Neil Young, is getting set to go long against the reign of George W. Bush. This, according to Editor and Publisher:

NEW YORK As an E&P "Pressing Issues" column recently noted, rock star Neil Young is the son of a famed Canadian journalist, so it should not surprise many that he recently recorded a song in California with a very reportorial -- or at least pundit -- feel to it. It’s called “Impeach the President,” so there can be little question what it is about. Apparently it was recorded with a 100-voice choir. Rumors have circulated the past few days on the Web, but E&P has tracked down the strongest confirmation in a blog kept by Sherman Oaks, Ca. musician/singer Alicia Morgan.

Here is what Ms. Morgan herself had to say:

On Wednesday, I was at work when I got a call for a Neil Young session the next day. Needless to say, I was excited about it - Neil Young is one of my musical heroes. When my husband and I got to Capitol, we found 98 other singers, a collection of L.A.'s finest. All I knew was that we were singing on a new Neil Young record, but when the lyrics we were supposed to sing flashed on the giant screen, a roar went up from the choir. I'm not going to give the whole thing away, but the first line of one of the songs was "Let's impeach the President for lyin'!" Turns out the whole thing is a classic beautiful protest record. The session was like being at a 12-hour peace rally. Every time new lyrics would come up on the screen, there were cheers, tears and applause. It was a spiritual experience. I can't believe my good fortune at being a part of this.


And who ever said the 'Guess Who Suck' and that 'The Jets Were Lousy' anyway.


Wrong troupadour. Same iconoclasm.

But it really doesn't matter.

Because whether we drive a hearse or elbow our way through the underground every morning we are all Winnipeggers now.

For an audiolink to a distinctly strong ode to 'One Great City' go to CBC Radio 3 here, wait for the intro to play, click on Mr. Sampson's set, and enjoy.


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