I had a song stuck in my brain recently and went looking for a take of Neil Young doing his stirring ballad, “Long May You Run”. At some point, I realized I was looking in the wrong place. Instead of Young’s solo performances of the song, I should have been seeking out his collaborative performances with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. This was the universe reminding me that alone, I can only so do much but that collectively, we can do so much. By the way, this video is from the Bridge School Benefit Concert, an annual gig on behalf of the Bridge School which helps children with severe physical and communication impairments to accommodate their differing abilities through the use of technology. Since you asked, yes, Neil Young even has an anti-war blog. On a side note, before I was a teacher and social worker I worked with adults with developmental challenges in the community. I was also a special education teacher for students with emotional/behavioral issues and have a son with a neurological impairment, Tourettes syndrome. Long may we all run, indeed.
Peace and solidarity to all readers.
(FYI…”Long May You Run” starts at 1:00:30)
Update: Speaking of collectively we can do so much…props to skulzstudios for bringing to my attention Neil Young’s plans to play Israel this summer. This is disappointing news, to say the least, for anyone who has admired Young’s commitment to indigenous rights and peacemaking. Following are some groups trying to dissuade Young from going to Tel Aviv due to the illegal, ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Canadian groups press Neil Young not to play Israel at Mondoweiss
Petition: Neil Young, Please Cancel Your Concert in Israel in July at Care2 News Network